UEFA has announced that the clubs can now expand their teams from 23 to 26 teams for Euro 2020. The leniency is given for this summer’s postponed European Championship. Read more about the Euro 2020 below.
On Tuesday, the UEFA executive committee accepted the rule amendment, citing it as a measure “to ensure the smooth operation and stability of the competition in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Despite the inclusion of extra players, matchday rosters will remain restricted to 23 players, with five substitutes per side allowed in each match.
The deadline for selecting rosters is June 1. But teams will substitute players for significant injury or sickness. Including being considered a near contact with someone infected with the coronavirus, up to their first match of the tournament.
There is also more leeway in goalkeeper selection. As they will be able to be substituted in the competition in the event of significant injury or sickness.
However, if a player has been substituted, they cannot be readmitted “to ensure the fairness of the game.”
England would almost certainly announce a preliminary squad before the official deadline. Their first warm-up match against Austria set for June 2, followed by another friendly against Romania four days later.
Gareth Southgate’s side will kick off their bid against Croatia on June 13 at Wembley Stadium.