Southgate backs push for 26-man squads at Euro 2024 amid injury pile-up

Walker, Maguire, Stones and Johnstone injured in last fortnightManager insists ‘door is open’ for Ben White to return to fold

Gareth Southgate has suggested he would be in favour of 26-man squads at the European Championship in Germany this summer and revealed that the issue is to be debated next month at a Uefa coaches ­meeting, where it will have support.

Southgate’s plans over the past international window were turned upside down by injuries and there is a growing feeling that the physical demands on players mean larger squads will be needed for the ­tournament.

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