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Gareth Southgate says if he could have picked five or six right-backs for England’s European Championship campaign he “would have done”.

Boss Southgate has named four right-backs in his 26-man squad for this summer’s tournament.

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold is joined by Chelsea’s Reece James, Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier and Manchester City’s Kyle Walker.

Southgate said his squad consists of the “best 26 footballers”.

The Three Lions play two friendlies this week before starting their Euro 2020 campaign against World Cup finalists Croatia on 13 June, followed by a huge match against rivals Scotland on 18 June, rounding off Group D against the Czech Republic on 22 June.

Southgate said: “We have four players that play sometimes at right-back for their clubs.

“Kieran has been playing at wing-back, Reece has played right of a three or wing-back, Trent plays at right-back and Kyle has played centre-half for us in a three and has also played at left-back against Denmark.

“Basically they are in the best 26 footballers and that is why they are in the squad. If I could have picked five or six right-backs I would have done.

“We are here to play nine games. We already have some injury doubts in the group. We need adaptability, good players, good professionals, tactically savvy players and we are fortunate we have old and young players who fit all those categories.”

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