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EURO EXPANSION: Squad limit increased to 26 for summer tournament

 

UEFA have confirmed that squad limits for the delayed Euro 2020 will now be 26 players rather than the originally specified 23.

National teams who have qualified for Euro 2020 will now be able to select three extra players as part of their squad.

However, for each individual game, only 23 may be selected to start or come off the bench.

The move has been made as UEFA aim to give more flexibility to teams in the event of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Should certain players test positive for the virus, they will be able to isolate without teams being left short.

 

Expanded Euro Squad: who does it help?

 

Obviously, this move will give managers more options to choose from and help strategise player selection for group games.

It also helps players who may have been left out or are on the fringes of the squad.

For example, the likes of Trent Alexander Arnold and Patrick Bamford may now have increased their chances of being in England's Euro squad.

England and Wales must decide their squads by June 1st ahead of the tournament commencing on the 11th.

The tournament was set to be staged around the continent and still will, however, some nations have lost their games.

That's due to their inability to confirm safety measures for supporters to attend matches.

Wembley was handed one of Dublin's scheduled games after UEFA stripped them of their fixture.

UEFA said, "Once player lists have been submitted on 1 June, current regulations allow unlimited replacements in the event of serious injury or illness before the first match, provided that replacements are medically certified.

"For the sake of clarity, players who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have been declared 'close contacts' – and therefore put in isolation – are considered cases of serious illness. They can be replaced before the first match with UEFA approval.

"Goalkeepers can be replaced during the tournament in the event of physical incapacity, even if one or two goalkeepers in the squad are still available.

"A player who has been replaced cannot be readded to the squad."


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