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UEFA’s Plans to Increase Squad Sizes for Euros Boost Solanke’s England Chances


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UEFA’s plans to allow bigger squads for this summer’s Euros could potentially increase Dominic Solanke’s chances of being called up to the England squad. According to reports, UEFA is considering allowing teams to select 26 players for the Euro 2024 tournament in Germany, which starts in June.

Earlier this year, many expected Solanke, the AFC Bournemouth talisman, to be included in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for friendlies against Brazil and Germany. However, despite an injury to Harry Kane, the 26-year-old was ultimately overlooked.

Solanke has been in exceptional form this season, scoring 16 goals in 31 Premier League appearances for AFC Bournemouth. Among English players, only Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins has scored more goals in the Premier League this season, with 17 strikes.

With the potential for three extra spots on the squad, Solanke’s chances of earning his first England call-up since 2017 will certainly be boosted. The proposal for larger squads will be discussed by UEFA’s national team competitions committee in the coming weeks.

The discussions among coaches have highlighted differing opinions on squad sizes. Some coaches express a desire to increase the squad size, citing the need for more choice, the threat of injuries, and the physical demands placed on players. Others prefer to keep the squad size at 23, citing difficulties in training with additional players, group management, and increased financial burdens on national associations.

A final decision on the squad size for Euro 2024 will be made by UEFA in the coming weeks.

This article was updated 2 months ago

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