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Three Blues make final cut for England's Euro 2020 squad

Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell and Reece James have all been named in England's final squad for this summer's European Championships.

Chelsea's Champions League-winning trio have made the final cut after Gareth Southgate trimmed down his numbers to a maximum of 26 players ahead of their tournament opener in just under a fortnight.

It will be the first taste of senior tournament football for Academy duo Mount and James, who both won the Under-19 European equivalent four years ago. Mount currently has 16 caps and has featured in each of the past nine internationals for the Three Lions.

Meanwhile James, who made his England debut in October last year and has been selected amid tough competition at right-back, will be looking to add to his six caps.

Chilwell was a member of the England squad that came third in the inaugural UEFA Nations League, and has picked up three caps since joining the Blues.

All three will wear their Chelsea shirt numbers throughout the tournament - Mount 19, Chilwell 21 and James 24.

England were shocked by Iceland at the last Euros in France five years ago, but responded well at the 2018 World Cup where they reached the semi-finals.

The Three Lions have never won the European Championships and have something of a home advantage this year, with their three group games, against Croatia, Scotland and Czech Republic, being played at Wembley. Should they win the group, their round of 16 game will be at Wembley, with both semi-finals and the final also taking place at the national stadium in London.

England open their group stage campaign against Mateo Kovacic’s Croatia on Monday 14 June.

Asked about the inclusion of James, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker, Southgate had this to say at a press conference after the announcement. 

'Yes, we have four players who play sometimes at right-back for their clubs, but we have Kieran who can play right wing-back, we have Reece James who can play right of a three or right wing-back, Trent plays at right-back, and Kyle Walker has played at centre-back for us in a three, and has also played at left-back in a game against Denmark. Reece James was in midfield against Aston Villa.

'They are in our best 26 footballers and that’s why they are in the squad. If I could have picked a fifth or a sixth right-back, I probably would have done!'

England's final 26-man squad in full

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Man Utd), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Defenders: John Stones (Man City), Luke Shaw (Man Utd), Harry Maguire (Man Utd), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Kyle Walker (Man City), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Reece James (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid)

Midfielders: Mason Mount (Chelsea), Declan Rice (West Ham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds)

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Man City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

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