England squad: Mason Greenwood ruled out of Euro 2020 due to injury

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England were this morning dealt a blow ahead of Euro 2020 when Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood was forced to pull out of the squad through injury.

The news came as Gareth Southgate prepared to cut his initial 33-man squad down to 26 players ahead of Uefa's 11pm deadline tonight.

Greenwood was expected to make the cut after a superb end to the season with United but the club said the 19-year-old is suffering from "an underlying injury that also kept him out of the Under-21 European Championship in March".

A United statement added: "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."

Greenwood's withdrawal could benefit Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins, who appeared the underdog in a three-way battle for a spot with the United forward and Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka could also be a beneficiary, having been listed in the provisional squad as a forward, despite being able to play at full-back and in midfield.

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