Jesse Lingard lined up to start for England against Austria despite being left out of Euro 2020 roster

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Gareth Southgate reveals Jesse Lingard is in line to start for England against Austria despite being left out of the Euro 2020 roster, while fellow omissions James Ward-Prowse and Ollie Watkins may also be involved

Gareth Southgate revealed that Jesse Lingard plans to start for England in Wednesday’s friendly against Austria, despite being left out of the final Euro 2020 squad.

Lingard, who impressed on loan at Manchester United’s West Ham in the second half of the season, was one of seven players from the initial 33-man roster who failed, with James Ward-Prowse, Ollie Watkins, Aaron also Ramsdale, Ben Godfrey, Ben White and the injured Mason Greenwood.

Southgate praised the work ethic shown by the aforementioned players in training and revealed that some of them could face Austria in Middlesbrough.

Jesse Lingard starts against Austria despite missing Euro 2020 roster

England boss Gareth Southgate praised the attitude the left out players have shown

England boss Gareth Southgate praised the attitude the left out players have shown

England could be out of several players against Austria due to illness or injury.

Southgate says he gave those left out of the last squad the option to go home, but they chose to stay with the group and train.

Southgate said at a press conference about the squad’s announcement: “You never want to bring bad news in a leadership position. It’s fun to bring people in for debuts, but harder to cut players.

“There were those who were in the friendlies and added a lot to the group, but we knew Greenwood was not a contender with the injury, but it was very difficult to talk to Lingard and James Ward-Prowse, who was our captain.” at the under-21s.

Watkins had a great season at Villa and we gave them every option to go home, but they all decided to stay with us for the two friendlies.

“Jesse will probably start tomorrow. Their effort was fantastic and although they were disappointed they knew where they stood and the group is relaxed.’

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse was also left out of England's final squad

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse was also left out of England’s final squad

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins did not make the selection but chose to continue training

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins did not make the selection but chose to continue training

After the game against Austria, England will face Romania in their last friendly before the tournament on Sunday.

Southgate discussed the difficulties of taking the team out of its first roster.

He said: “I think every squad is difficult because we have very talented players in this training and it’s important to take players who have been with us in previous games.

“We still have two friendlies to go through and there have been injuries in those friendlies in previous years, so there’s still time for those who didn’t make the cut.

“We had the idea of ​​taking the risk with some of those who are still injured, but we think the experience they have and getting them to participate is good as we have 26 players.

Southgate also noted that he will have to cut three players from his roster for each matchday of the tournament, but said that with 26 players to choose from, he could have several options in different positions.

He said: “The hardest thing is that we can only name 23 on matchday, so it’s hard enough with 11, so it’s disappointing on those matchdays, but the benefits are we can take a chance and put ourselves in different positions. can cover, but the professionalism I don’t think the 26 won’t be as big of a deal as we thought it would be.”

England will start their tournament on June 13 when they face Croatia, with further matches against Scotland and the Czech Republic.

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