London - England manager Roy Hodgson has
announced he will delay naming his England squad for the European Championship
Hodgson was due to reveal his 23-man list
for Euro 2016 at Wembley Stadium on Thursday, but he has decided to switch the
announcement until May 16 following a meeting with the English FA and his
Hodgson will use the extra days to better
assess the fitness of his players after the final round of Premier League
matches this weekend, with questions still lingering over the availability of
England are still sweating over the
severity of Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck's knee injury, while Jack Wilshere
has played just 72 minutes this season following a lengthy absence.
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has
only just returned to training after sustaining knee ligament damage in last
month's Europa League tie with Borussia Dortmund, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
will miss the tournament after suffering a new knee injury.
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.
Hodgson's side have been drawn alongside
Russia, Wales and Slovakia in Group B in France.