Ferdinand names his England squad for Euro 2020 with Alexander-Arnold included

Rio Ferdinand has picked his England squad for the upcoming European Championships and snubbed Kyle Walker in favour of Reece James and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The right-back slot is one of the most competitive positions with several individuals pushing for selection.

UEFA have increased the number of players that can be selected to 26 from the original 23.

It gives Gareth Southgate more possibilities but Ferdinand has still axed the Manchester City right-back, although he admits he would have the right to be frustrated.

Ferdinand has also included youngsters like Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka, two players who have minimal experience at international level.

But the delayed tournament will bring with it unique challenges and the former England ace believes Southgate has something of a "free hit".

He said on BT Sport: "Walker I think would be the unlucky one in my squad, and he'd have really good grounds to ring me up and give me a piece of his mind.

"I like youth, I want to give youth a chance.

"I'm looking ahead as well, not just this tournament. This has been a bit of a weird lead up – I'm looking at this as almost a free hit for someone like Gareth.

"You can introduce some young players, give them experience, really expose them to what a tournament is like."

Everton's Ben Godfrey would be deemed a surprise inclusion by many given he has been selected ahead of players like Tyrone Mings and Conor Coady.

Southgate has fluctuated between a back four and a back five meaning he will look to have options.

Ferdinand has named a host of playmakers in his midfield including Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and James Maddison.

The pundit said earlier this year: "Grealish has to play. It's like going to a tournament and not playing Gazza!"

Mason Greenwood, who is in impressive form, has also been selected despite a slow start to the season.

The likes of Ollie Watkins and Patrick Bamford had been given outside chances of making the squad, but Ferdinand has gone with the Manchester United star.

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