LONDON • England manager Roy Hodgson has delayed naming his England squad for Euro 2016 until Monday.
He was due to reveal his 23-man list today, but decided to use the extra days to assess the fitness of his players after the final round of Premier League matches this weekend, with questions lingering over the availability of several players.
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has just returned to training after suffering knee ligament damage in last month's Europa League tie with Borussia Dortmund, while Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has played just 72 minutes this season following a lengthy absence.
The latest setback for Hodgson is Gunners striker Danny Welbeck, who faces surgery and nine months out of the game, after tests on the right knee that he injured at Manchester City on Sunday showed significant damage.
It is a bitter disappointment for Welbeck, given that he returned in mid-February from a 91/2-month lay-off because of an injury to his other knee, and he had shown signs of rediscovering his touch.
He had scored five times for Arsenal this season, before he left the pitch in obvious distress at the Etihad Stadium.
Welbeck contributed six goals during England's qualifying campaign for the European Championship and he was a certainty to be named in Hodgson's squad for the Finals.
England play Turkey in Manchester on May 22, then face Australia five days later at Sunderland's Stadium of Light before taking on Portugal at Wembley on June 2 in their final pre-Euro 2016 friendly.
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, THE GUARDIAN