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Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe & Patrick Bamford amongst players who could be used as ‘wild card’ England Euro selection

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Emile Smith Rowe of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal at American Express Community Stadium on December 29, 2020 in Brighton, England.The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Euro 2020 squads expanded from 23 to 26

The delayed Euro 2020 tournament is of course finally set to take place this summer.

The competition will begin in June, and hands players very little rest following what has been a jam-packed club season.

To help combat this, UEFA recently confirmed that squads at this summer’s Euros will be expanded to 26 players, three more than the usual 23:

Bamford or Smith Rowe for England?

This squad expansion could stand to benefit several English players this summer.

Whilst areas such as centre-back and goalkeeper are not overly strong points for the Three Lions, they do boast several positions bursting with options.

The majority of these are at the top end of the pitch, and right-back.

Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe & Patrick Bamford amongst players who could be used as ‘wild card’ England Euro selection

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Patrick Bamford of Leeds United celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane on September 27, 2020 in Sheffield, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

And now, The Times have provided an insight into some of the English players who could stand to benefit from the expanded squad sizes.

It is reported that Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe and Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford could be considered by Gareth Southgate this summer, as ‘wild card’ options.

Bamford is of course enjoying by far and away his best-ever stint in the Premier League, having notched 14 goals and eight assists in 34 outings this season, whilst ESR has been one of Arsenal’s standout creative options.

The Times add that Southgate could also use the extra space to give a chance to a player who has fallen out of favour, such as Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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