Mason Greenwood of Man United won’t play in Euro 2020

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Mason Greenwood will not be able to participate in the forthcoming European Championship (Euro 2020), thanks to an underlying injury he is currently battling with.

Earlier today, Manchester United confirmed that the 19-year-old right-back who played 100 minutes in the Europa League final between United and Villarreal on May 26, has withdrawn from England’s provisional list for the competition.

Recall that due to the fine form he displayed especially between April and May 26, 2021, the head coach of the England national team, Gareth Southgate included him in the country’s provisional list.

The Manchester United forward was expected to make Southgate’s final 26-man list which will be announced later today, June 1, 2021, but his underlying injury would keep the right-winger out of the English squad.

Mason Greenwood who made his first England senior team appearance on September 5, 2020, has played just once for the national team. Towards the end of the year, he was kicked out of the team alongside Manchester City youngster Phil Foden for breaching coronavirus protocol during international duty.

However, coach Southgate said he has nothing against the youngsters anymore which means that it was a sure bet that both Foden and Greenwood would have made the coach’s final cut if Greenwood was not injured.

Mason Greenwood
Mason Greenwood.

Mason Greenwood who scored a total of 12 goals and provided 6 assists in 52 appearances for Manchester United in the just concluded season would watch his teammates at home during the European Championship which will kick off on June 11 and end on July 11.

A statement from Manchester United said Mason Greenwood would remain at Old Trafford to recuperate and prepare to join United’s squad when pre-season training commences.

A statement from the club read: “Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood has withdrawn from the provisional England Euro 2020 squad, to recover fully from an underlying injury that also kept him out of the Under-21 European Championship in March.

“Mason’s club appearances were managed carefully to maintain his availability through the intensive 2020/21 Premier League and Europa League schedules.

“But a further spell of tournament football would not be beneficial and Mason will remain at Manchester United to recuperate and prepare for pre-season training.”

Meanwhile, coach Gareth Southgate is expected to publish his 26-man squad for the European Championship at 5 PM BST ahead of the UEFA 11 PM deadline for the submission of team lists.

There are speculations that highly-rated Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold might not make Southgate’s list. Hence, most football fans await the official 26-man list of the coach to see if the highly-rated football star would not make it to Euro 2020 despite not being injured.