Teams will be allowed to carry 26 players to the Euro 2020 instead of the standard 23.

The decisions come after UEFA’s national teams’ committee recommended a squad expansion due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with the move set to ease pressure on players after a shortened pre-season and provide managers with additional flexibility in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

The competition is set to Kick Off on Friday 11 June with Italy hosting Turkey at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome and the decision still needs to be approved by UEFA’s executive committee but The Times reported on Tuesday that this is expected to be a formality.

There have been calls for UEFA to expand the squad sizes with Belgium manager Roberto Martinez last month saying that the move would match the changes that have been experienced in the world of football currently.

“I think it’s something that’s needed. It would match the changes that have been made in the current situation in world football, with the five substitutions, the uncertainty of the pandemic attack, and the extra level of injuries, it would be a good thing,” he said.

The move is expected to benefit some players who have had doubts about their positions in the national team starting with Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold with the England squad.

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