UEFA confirm 26-man squads for Euro 2020

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Padraig Whelan

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UEFA have announced that countries will be permitted to select 26 players for their squads at this summer’s European Championship.

A decision was confirmed by their executive committee on Tuesday morning in order to ‘guarantee the smooth running and continuity of the competition in light of the COVID-19 pandemic’.

To mitigate risks of players potentially missing games due to testing positive for coronavirus, teams can now bring an additional three players in their final squad.

However, only 23 can be selected in the matchday squad for each individual game, including three goalkeepers.

When countries submit their final player list on June 1, current regulations will allow for unlimited replacements to those who suffer serious injury or illness prior to their first game.

That includes players who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have been deemed close contacts of a positive case.

The new rules will also now allow goalkeepers to be replaced before each game during the tournament in the event of physical incapacity.

UEFA also announced that a player who has been replaced in the squad cannot be readmitted to the list thereafter.