The FA have announced the provisional England squad for the European Under-21 Championships, and there are some notable absentees from Gareth Southgate’s side.
The FA published the official squad on Thursday May 20 – with the tournament set to kick off in the Czech Republic on 15 June to 30 June.
Despite fears of a burn-out ahead of next season from Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino, star striker Harry Kane has been named, along with Liverpool target Danny Ings, and Chelsea youngster and Championship Player of the Year Patrick Bamford.
The most high-profile names not including are Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.
Shaw had been involved in a club-versus-country row [via the Daily Mail] over whether he should take part in the competition, as Louis van Gaal had reservations over the 19-year-old competing having struggled with injury for most of the season. The Dutchman will therefore be pleased with the FA’s confirmation of the U21 squad, with the defender able to rest in the summer.
Here’s the provisional squad in full:
Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham)
Jonathan Bond (Watford)
Jack Butland (Stoke City)
Calum Chambers (Arsenal)
Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur)
Luke Garbutt (Everton)
Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough)
Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal, loan to West Ham United)
Michael Keane (Burnley)
Liam Moore (Leicester City)
John Stones (Everton)
Matt Targett (Southampton)
Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur, loan to Swansea City)
Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea)
Will Hughes (Derby County)
Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)
Alex Pritchard (Tottenham Hotspur)
Nathan Redmond (Norwich City)
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Patrick Bamford (Chelsea, loan to Middlesbrough)
Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion)
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Danny Ings (Burnley)
Cauley Woodrow (Fulham)
England are in Group B of the competition, and will face Italy, Portugal and Sweden. Meanwhile, Group A consists of the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany and Serbia.