Euro 2020: Teams permitted to select 26-player squads

Teams will be allowed to select a 26-player squad instead of the usual 23 at this summer’s European Championship to lessen the load on players after a club season compressed because of the coronavirus pandemic and help managers adapt if outbreaks occur during the tournament.

The decision, taken by Uefa’s national teams committee on Monday, will be subject to ratification but is not expected to meet any opposition.

A rule allowing each team to make up to five substitutes per game has already been confirmed.

Five substitutions will be allowed in games when the Premier League restarts on June 17.

The tournament, which had been scheduled to take place last summer, begins on 11 June. The deadline for submitting squads is 1 June. England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to announce his squad during the week commencing 24 May.

Steve Clarke, the Scotland manager, is set to name a provisional squad in mid-May, before making his final selection at the end of the month.

Robert Page will have the job of picking the Wales squad, after confirmation that he will take charge of the team for the tournament.

Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, and two other Premier League sides are said to be involved in plans for a European Super League; Premier League and UEFA robustly condemn the proposals; a number of top Italian and Spanish clubs are believed to also be involved in the plans.