UEFA may increase Euro 2024 squad sizes after Southgate, Koeman comments

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UEFA could yet allow teams to name 26-man squads for Euro 2024 after a number of international coaches criticised the decision to reduce squad sizes.

Due to the risk of infection during the COVID-19 pandemic, UEFA allowed teams to name 26-man squads for the delayed Euro 2020 three years ago, though matchday squads could still only contain 23 players.

FIFA continued the practice of permitting 26-man squads at the 2022 World Cup, though this summer’s tournament was expected to see a return to 23-man parties.

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However, with many sides facing mounting injury lists, a number of coaches have suggested bigger squads should be permitted.

England boss Gareth Southgate has advocated for 26-man squads to be allowed, while the Netherlands’ Ronald Koeman described the decision to move back to 23-man lists as “absurd”.

However, UEFA could reverse that move if enough coaches speak out in favour of doing so at a meeting in Dusseldorf next month.

In a statement issued on Thursday, UEFA said: “We have taken note of comments expressed by some national team coaches on the squad size for Euro 2024.

“A workshop with the participating teams will be held on 8 April and on that occasion UEFA will listen to the views of the coaches.

“Any ideas in this respect will then be considered and assessed.”

Harry Carr
Harry Carr
Harry is a freelance sports journalist with experience of working for the Racing Post, Stats Perform, Opta Analyst and more, covering major events across all sports but holding a particular love for the beautiful game.

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