Euro 2020: For Spain, No Sergio Ramos and No Real Madrid

Euro 2020: For Spain, No Sergio Ramos and No Real Madrid

May 24, 2021

Spain will head to this summer’s European Championship without defender Sergio Ramos and without a single player from Real Madrid.

Spain’s coach, Luis Enrique, left Ramos off the roster days after the 35-year-old defender was an unused substitute on the final day of his injury-marred season. Enrique said Ramos’s uncertain fitness had left him little choice.

“The reason is because he has hardly played with his club since his most recent injury,” he said.

Similar injury concerns led him to decide against including Ramos’s club teammate Dani Carvajal, meaning Spain will enter Euro 2020 without a single player from Real Madrid. (Spain’s full roster, and that of every team that has announced one, is below.)

“Maybe if Carvajal and Ramos had played more, they might have been in the list,” the manager told reporters. “I understand that every club wants their players to be called up, but sometimes they ask for their players not to go because it interferes with their calendar. They don’t come if they are injured.”

The surprises in Spain’s team were not the first of the selection process for Euro 2020, which opens on June 11.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was included in France’s preliminary roster, bringing to an end the six-year exile of a player who has been publicly critical of France’s coach, its players and its federation. And Germany Coach Joachim Löw has brought back the veterans Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels several years after he had made clear to both players that they had no future with the national team, and Portugal’s team will include Cristiano Ronaldo and three key players from the Manchester City team that will play in the Champions League final on May 29.

Benzema’s call-up is his first invitation to a national team camp since 2015, ended the six-year separation of France’s team and one of the world’s best strikers. The split began that fall with revelations about a sex tape, grew to include accusations of an extortion plot and festered after the player criticized teammates selected over him and accused his coach and top French soccer officials of blackballing him to appease racist elements in French society.

“Why now?” France Coach Didier Deschamps said after announcing that Benzema was returning to his team. “I don’t have the capacity and no one does, not even Karim, of going back and changing the past. The most important thing is today and the future.”

Germany’s Löw had dropped Müller and Hummels and several other veterans from the team after Germany’s humbling first-round elimination from the 2018 World Cup in Russia. But with an expanded roster and only a few months left in his post, Löw opted for experience as he takes one final shot at a major title before stepping down.

Müller, 31, helped Bayern Munich win its ninth straight Bundesliga title this season. Hummels, 32, is still one of the anchors of Borussia Dortmund’s defense. The 24 teams in the Euro 2020 field have until June 1 to file their final rosters.

Roster sizes have been expanded this year, to 26 players instead of the usual 23, as part of several rules changes related to the coronavirus pandemic.

In another important change, countries are permitted unlimited replacements on their rosters before their first match in cases where a serious injury or illness (including positive coronavirus tests or close contacts requiring isolation periods) renders a player unavailable. But once a player is removed by his team, he cannot be returned to the roster later in the tournament.

Euro 2020 opens on June 11, when Italy hosts Turkey in Rome. The final is July 11 in London.

Here’s a roundup of the rosters.

Group A


Italy’s 33-player preliminary roster includes the uncapped Sassuolo striker Giacomo Raspadori, 21, and an expected cast of Serie A veterans. But Coach Roberto Mancini has, for now, left off his two Brazil-born Chelsea players, Emerson and Jorginho. Both are expected to be added to the Italy roster after the Champions League final on May 29.

Italy’s team:

Goalkeepers: Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino)

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Alessandro Florenzi (Paris St.-Germain), Manuel Lazzari (Lazio), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta)

Midfielders: Nicolo Barella (Inter), Gaetano Castrovilli (Fiorentina), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Matteo Pessina (Atalanta), Stefano Sensi (Inter), Marco Verratti (Paris St.-Germain)

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Vincenzo Grifo (Freiburg), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Moise Kean (Paris St.-Germain), Matteo Politano (Napoli), Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo)


Switzerland invited two uncapped forwards, Nice’s Dan Ndoye, 20, and Brighton’s Andi Zeqiri, to its pretournament camp. Its roster of 29 players will be trimmed just before the tournament, and after a friendly against the United States on May 30.

Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer (Mönchengladbach), Yvon Mvogo (PSV Eindhoven), Jonas Omlin (Montpellier), Gregor Kobel (Stuttgart)

Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Dortmund), Loris Benito (Bordeaux), Nico Elvedi (Mönchengladbach), Kevin Mbabu (Wolfsburg), Becir Omeragic (Zürich), Ricardo Rodríguez (Torino), Silvan Widmer (Basel), Fabian Schär (Newcastle United), Jordan Lotomba (Nice), Eray Cömert (Basel)

Midfielders: Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Mönchengladbach), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Djibril Sow (Frankfurt), Admir Mehmedi (Wolfsburg), Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool), Ruben Vargas (Augsburg), Steven Zuber (Frankfurt), Edimilson Fernandes (Mainz), Christian Fassnacht (Young Boys), Dan Ndoye (Nice), Andi Zeqiri (Brighton)

Forwards: Breel Embolo (Mönchengladbach), Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Haris Seferovic (Benfica)


Led by Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu, a spine of Premier League veterans and an in-form Burak Yilmaz, who is on the cusp of a French title with Lille, Turkey’s provisional squad could be its strongest in years.

Turkey’s squad:

Goalkeepers: Mert Gunok (Istanbul Basaksehir), Ugurcan Cakir (Trabzonspor), Altay Bayindir (Fenerbahçe), Gokhan Akkan (Rizespor)

Defenders: Zeki Celik (Lille), Mert Muldur (Sassuolo), Merih Demiral (Juventus), Ozan Kabak (Liverpool), Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester), Kaan Ayhan (Sassuolo), Umut Meras (Le Havre), Ridvan Yilmaz (Besiktas)

Midfielders: Abdulkadir Ömur (Trabzonspor), Cengiz Under (Leicester), Efecan Karaca (Alanyaspor), Halil Akbunar (Goztepe), Dorukhan Tokoz (Besiktas), Irfan Can Kahveci (Fenerbahce), Mahmut Tekdemir (Istanbul Basaksehir), Okay Yokuslu (West Brom), Orkun Kökcu (Feyenoord), Ozan Tufan (Fenerbahce), Taylan Antalyali (Galatasaray), Hakan Calhanoglu (A.C. Milan), Yusuf Yazici (Lille)

Forwards: Burak Yilmaz (Lille), Enes Unal (Getafe), Halil Ibrahim Dervisoglu (Galatasaray), Kenan Karaman (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Kerem Akturkoglu (Galatasaray)


Wales announced its roster but it has bigger issues at the moment: Manager Ryan Giggs, the former Manchester United wing, was arrested on charges of domestic violence in April. He has been replaced by one of his assistants, Rob Page.

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Leicester City), Adam Davies (Stoke City)

Defenders: James Lawrence (St. Pauli), Ben Davies (Tottenham), Joe Rodon (Tottenham), Chris Mepham (Bournemouth), Chris Gunter (Charlton Athletic), Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United), Neco Williams (Liverpool), Tom Lockyer (Luton Town)

Midfielders: Joe Allen (Stoke City), Joe Morrell (Luton Town), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Matthew Smith (Manchester City), Jonny Williams (Cardiff City), Aaron Ramsey (Juventus), Dylan Levitt (Manchester United), Rubin Colwill (Cardiff City), George Thomas (Queens Park Rangers)

Forwards: Kieffer Moore (Cardiff City), Harry Wilson (Liverpool), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), David Brooks (Bournemouth), Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) Tom Lawrence (Derby County), Rabbi Matondo (Schalke), Mark Harris (Cardiff City)

Group B


The provisional squad released on Monday by Manager Roberto Martinez included domestic title-winning stars like Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City and Romelu Lukaku of Inter Milan, but also the oft-injured Eden Hazard, who might be a difference maker if he is healthy.

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge), Matz Sels (Strasbourg)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Hertha Berlin), Jason Denayer (Lyon), Thomas Vermaelen (Vissel Kobe), Jan Vertonghen (Benfica)

Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Atlético Madrid), Timothy Castagne (Leicester), Nacer Chadli (Istanbul Basaksehir), Thorgan Hazard (Dortmund), Thomas Meunier (Dortmund), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton), Dennis Praet (Leicester), Youri Tielemans (Leicester), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Dortmund)

Attackers: Jeremy Doku (Rennes), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Leandro Trossard (Brighton), Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan)


Denmark has not announced its roster yet.


Finland included striker Teemu Pukki on its roster, with Manager Markku Kanerva saying that he was hopeful Pukki would be recovered from an ankle injury in time to help the team in its first appearance at the Euros.

Pukki scored 10 goals in 10 matches in qualifying, and recently helped his club, Norwich City, win promotion back to England’s Premier League. He injured his right ankle in a league win against Reading in early May.

“We’ll see when he fully returns to training how good his ankle is,” Kanerva told a news conference when he announced his team. But he added that he was “very positive that he’ll be in shape by the competition.”

Goalkeepers: Lukas Hradecky (Leverkusen), Jesse Joronen (Brescia), Anssi Jaakkola (Bristol Rovers)

Defenders: Juhani Ojala (Vejle), Leo Vaisanen (Elfsborg), Sauli Vaisanen (Chievo), Paulus Arajuuri (Pafos), Daniel O’Shaugnessy (HJK Helsinki), Robert Ivanov (Warta Poznan), Albin Granlund (Stal Mielec), Jere Uronen (Genk), Nicholas Hämäläinen (QPR), Nikolai Alho (MTK Budapest)

Midfielders: Pyry Soiri (Esbjerg), Glen Kamara (Rangers), Joni Kauko (Esbjerg), Onni Valakari (Pafos), Rasmus Schüller (Djurgården), Thomas Lam (Zwolle), Tim Sparv (Larissa), Fredrik Jensen (Augsburg)

Forwards: Joel Pohjanpalo (Union Berlin), Lassi Lappalainen (Montreal), Marcus Forss (Brentford), Jasin Assehnoun (Lahti), Teemu Pukki (Norwich)

Finland also said five players, including two from Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United, would join the team’s preparations after finishing some outstanding club commitments: Jukka Raitala (Minnesota United), Joona Toivio (Hacken), Robert Taylor (Brann), Robin Lod (Minnesota United), Niki Maenpaa (Venezia).


Russia’s 30-man provisional squad included 13 midfielders but only three forwards. Only four of the players, led by Valencia’s Denis Cheryshev, play for clubs outside Russia.

Goalkeepers: Yuri Dyupin (Rubin), Andrei Lunev (Zenit), Matvei Safonov (Krasnodar), Anton Shunin (Dinamo Moscow)

Defenders: Georgi Dzhikiya (Spartak Moscow), Igor Diveev (CSKA Moscow), Roman Yevgenyev (Dinamo Moscow), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit), Vyacheslav Karavaev (Zenit), Fedor Kudryashov (Antalyaspor), Ilya Samoshnikov (Rubin Kazan), Andrei Semenov (Akhmat)

Midfielders: Dmitri Barinov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Rifat Zhemaletdinov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Maksim Mukhin (Lokomotiv Moscow), Aleksandr Golovin (Monaco), Arsen Zakharyan (Dinamo Moscow), Daniil Fomin (Dinamo Moscow), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow), Alexei Ionov (Krasnodar), Daler Kuzyayev (Zenit), Andrei Mostovoy (Zenit), Magomed Ozdoev (Zenit), Denis Makarov (Rubin), Aleksei Miranchuk (Atalanta), Denis Cheryshev (Valencia)

Forwards: Artem Dzyuba (Zenit), Anton Zabolotny (Sochi), Aleksandr Sobolev (Spartak Moscow)

Group C


Austria’s 30-player provisional roster is headlined by David Alaba of Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer:

Goalkeepers: Daniel Bachmann (Watford), Heinz Lindner (Basel), Pavao Pervan (Wolfsburg), Alexander Schlager (LASK)

Defenders: David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Aleksandar Dragovic (Leverkusen), Marco Friedl (Werder Bremen) Martin Hinteregger (Frankfurt), Stefan Lainer (Mönchengladbach), Philipp Lienhart (Freiburg), Phillipp Mwene (Mainz), Stefan Posch (Hoffenheim), Christopher Trimmel (Union Berlin), Andreas Ulmer (Salzburg)

Midfielders: Husein Balic (LASK), Julian Baumgartlinger (Leverkusen), Christoph Baumgartner (Hoffenheim), Florian Grillitsch (Hoffenheim), Stefan Ilsanker (Frankfurt), Konrad Laimer (RB Leipzig), Valentino Lazaro (Mönchengladbach), Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig), Louis Schaub (Luzern), Xaver Schlager (Wolfsburg), Alessandro Schöpf (Schalke)

Forwards: Marko Arnautovic (Shanghai Port), Adrian Grbic (Lorient), Michael Gregoritsch (Augsburg), Sasa Kalajdzic (Stuttgart), Karim Onisiwo (Mainz)


The headline when the Netherlands released its provisional roster was the absence of defender Virgil van Dijk. One of the best center backs in the world, he has not returned to Liverpool’s team since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a game against Everton in October.

“I feel physically it is the right decision that I’ve decided not to go to the Euros and to go into my last phase of rehab during the off-season,” he said in an interview with Liverpool’s website. “So the full focus will be on preseason with the club and that’s a realistic goal, so I am looking forward to that.

“I think the decision to not go is the right decision in the grand scheme of things,” he added. “It’s tough, but I’m at peace with it.

The Netherlands roster:

Goalkeepers: Tim Krul (Norwich City); Jasper Cillessen (Valencia); Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax); Marco Bizot (AZ)

Defenders: Kenny Tete (Fulham); Hans Hateboer (Atalanta); Rick Karsdorp (Roma); Joel Veltman (Brighton & Hove Albion); Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace); Nathan Ake (Manchester City); Jurrien Timber (Ajax); Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan); Owen Wijndal (AZ); Daley Blind (Ajax); Denzel Dumfries (PSV); Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus); Jerry St. Juste (Mainz)

Midfielders: Teun Koopmeiners (AZ); Tonny Vilhena (Krasnodar); Marten de Roon (Atalanta); Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool); Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax); Davy Klaassen (Ajax); Donny van de Beek (Manchester United); Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona)

Forwards: Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord); Steven Bergwijn (Tottenham Hotspur); Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa); Cody Gakpo (PSV); Memphis Depay (Lyon); Ryan Babel (Galatasaray); Donyell Malen (PSV); Luuk de Jong (Sevilla); Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow); Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg)

North Macedonia

North Macedonia released a preliminary roster that included one name everyone expected — 37-year-old Goran Pandev — and several young talents, including the 22-year-old goalkeeper Riste Jankov, 20-year-old midfielder Darko Churlinov and 23-year-old forward Milan Ristovski. “The three of them deserve to be at the Euro 2020 because they are the future of Macedonian football and are also playing regularly for their clubs,” Coach Igor Angelovski said.

The rest of Angelovski’s team:

Goalkeepers: Stole Dimitrievski (Rayo Vallecano), Damjan Shishkovski (Doxa), Riste Jankov (Rabotnicki Skopje)

Defenders: Stefan Ristovski (Dinamo Zagreb), Visar Musliu (Fehervar), Egzon Bejtulai (Shkendija), Kire Ristevski (Ujpest), Gjoko Zajkov (Charleroi), Darko Velkovski (Rijeka), Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United)

Midfielders: Arijan Ademi (Dinamo Zagreb), Enis Bardhi (Levante), Stefan Spirovski (AEK Larnaca), Boban Nikolov (Lecce), Tihomir Kostadinov (Ruzomberok), Ferhan Hasani (Partizani Tirana), Eljif Elmaz (Napoli), Daniel Avramovski (Kayzerispor), Darko Churlinov (Stuttgart), Marjan Radeski (Akademija Pandev)

Forwards: Goran Pandev (Genoa), Aleksandar Trajkovski (Real Mallorca), Ivan Trichkovski (AEK Larnaca), Vlatko Stojanovski (Chambly), Krste Velkovski (Sarajevo), Milan Ristovski (Spartak Trnava)


Like Russia’s squad, Ukraine’s roster is heavy on midfielders and light on forwards.

Goalkeepers: Georgiy Bushchan (Dynamo Kyiv), Andriy Lunin (Real Madrid), Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Anatolii Trubin (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Defenders: Eduard Sobol (Club Brugge), Illia Zabarnyi (Dynamo Kyiv), Viktor Korniienko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Serhiy Kryvtsov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Denys Popov (Dynamo Kyiv), Oleksandr Syrota (Dynamo Kyiv), Oleksandr Tymchyk (Dynamo Kyiv), Bogdan Mykhaylichenko (Anderlecht), Vitaliy Mykolenko (Dynamo Kyiv), Oleksandr Karavaev (Dynamo Kyiv), Mykola Matviyenko (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Midfielders: Serhiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kyiv), Volodymyr Shepeliev (Dynamo Kyiv), Ruslan Malinovskyi (Atalanta), Mykola Shaparenko (Dynamo Kyiv), Yevhen Konoplyanka (Shakhtar Donetsk), Marlos (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yevhen Makarenko (Kortrijk), Viktor Kovalenko (Atalanta), Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City), Viktor Tsygankov (Dynamo Kyiv), Vitaliy Buyalskiy (Dynamo Kyiv), Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham), Oleksandr Zubkov (Ferencvaros), Heorhii Sudakov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Oleksandr Andriyevskiy (Dynamo Kyiv), Bogdan Lednev (Dynamo Kyiv), Artem Bondarenko (Mariupol)

Forwards: Roman Yaremchuk (Gent), Artem Besedin (Dynamo Kyiv), Artem Dovbyk (Dnipro-1)

Group D


A World Cup finalist in 2018, Croatia has never advanced past the quarterfinals at the European Championship. Led by Real Madrid’s Modric, this team might have the talent and the group (England, Czech Republic, Scotland) to end that drought.

Goalkeepers: Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Lovre Kalinic (Hajduk Split), Simon Sluga (Luton Town)

Defenders: Sime Vrsaljko (Atlético Madrid), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Josip Juranovic (Legia Warsaw), Dejan Lovren (Zenit St. Petersburg), Duje Caleta-Car (Olympique Marseille), Borna Barisic (Rangers), Mile Skoric (Osijek), Josko Gvardiol (Dinamo Zagreb), Domagoj Bradaric (Lille)

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Milan Badelj (Genoa), Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea), Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moscow), Mario Pasalic (Atalanta), Luka Ivanusec (Dinamo Zagreb).

Forwards: Bruno Petkovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Josip Brekalo (Wolfsburg), Ante Rebic (A.C. Milan), Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ante Budimir (Osasuna)

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has not announced its roster yet.


England has not announced its roster yet.


Scotland announced its roster on Wednesday but already knew that Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie would not be on it. McBurnie said Monday that he had sustained a broken bone in his foot, ending his Premier League season and ruling him out of the Euros.

Scotland’s team includes six players from Celtic but only two from its bitter Glasgow rival Rangers, which was unbeaten in winning the league this season:

Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Heart of Midlothian), David Marshall (Derby), Jon McLaughlin (Rangers)

Defenders: Liam Cooper (Leeds), Declan Gallagher (Motherwell), Grant Hanley (Norwich), Jack Hendry (Celtic), Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forest), Stephen O’Donnell (Motherwell), Nathan Patterson (Rangers), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Greg Taylor (Celtic), Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Celtic), John Fleck (Sheffield United), Billy Gilmour (Chelsea), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), David Turnbull (Celtic)

Forwards: Ché Adams (Southampton), Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Newcastle United), Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian)

Group E


Goalkeepers: Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus), Lukasz Skorupski (Bologna)

Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Pawel Dawidowicz (Verona), Kamil Glik (Benevento), Michal Helik (Barnsley), Tomasz Kedziora (Dynamo Kyiv), Kamil Piatkowski (Rakow Czestochowa), Tymoteusz Puchacz (Lech Poznan), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow)

Midfielders: Przemyslaw Frankowski (Chicago Fire), Kamil Jozwiak (Derby), Mateusz Klich (Leeds), Kacper Kozlowski (Pogon Szczecin), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Lokomotiv Moscow), Karol Linetty (Torino), Jakub Moder (Brighton), Przemyslaw Płacheta (Norwich), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli)

Forwards: Dawid Kownacki (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München), Arkadiusz Milik (Marseille), Karol Swiderski (PAOK), Jakub Swierczok (Piast Gliwice)


Slovakia’s veteran squad includes a spine of players in their 30s and two young strikers only recently out of their teens, Robert Bozenik of Feyenoord and David Strelec of Slovan Bratislava.

Goalkeepers: Martin Dubravka (Newcastle), Marek Rodak (Fulham), Dusan Kuciak (Lechia Gdansk)

Defenders: Peter Pekarik (Hertha), Lubomir Satka (Lech Poznan), Denis Vavro (Huesca), Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan), Tomas Hubocan (Omonoia), Jakub Holubek (Gliwice)

Midfielders: Marek Hamsik (IFK Goteborg), Stanislav Lobotka (Napoli), Patrik Hrosovsky (Genk), Juraj Kucka (Parma), Ondrej Duda (Köln), Robert Mak (Ferencvaros), Vladimir Weiss (Slovan Bratislava), Laszlo Benes (Augsburg), Lukas Haraslin (Sassuolo), Tomas Suslov (Groningen), Matus Bero (Arnhem), Erik Jirka (Mirandes)

Forwards: Michal Duris (Omonoia), Robert Bozenik (Feyenoord), David Strelec (Slovan Bratislava)


Spain’s roster includes no players from Real Madrid and only 24 overall, even though teams are allowed to carry 26.

“We don’t want to take any more because we want everyone to have a chance of playing,” Coach Luis Enrique said, “and we know that only around 18 or 19 will actually play.”

Goalkeepers: David de Gea (Manchester United), Unai Simón (Athletic Bilbao), Robert Sánchez (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Defenders: José Gayà (Valencia), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Eric García (Manchester City), Diego Llorente (Leeds United), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Marcos Llorente (Atlético Madrid)

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri Hernández (Manchester City), Pedri (Barcelona), Thiago Alcántara (Liverpool), Koke (Atlético Madrid), Fabián Ruiz (Napoli)

Forwards: Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Álvaro Morata (Juventus), Ferran Torres (Manchester City), Adama Traoré (Wolves), Pablo Sarabia (Paris St.-Germain)


Sweden’s roster does not include the country’s biggest star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Sweden’s coach, Janne Andersson, said a knee injury had rendered the A.C. Milan star unavailable.

Ibrahimovic, who has had an on-again, off-again relationship with Sweden’s national team, came out of international retirement in March after an absence of almost five years, hoping to take part in at least one more major event.

But he was missing when Andersson announced his 26-player roster on Tuesday:

Goalkeepers: Karl-Johan Johnsson (Copenhagen), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Genclerbirligi), Robin Olsen (Everton)

Defenders: Emil Krafth (Newcastle), Victor Lindelof (Manchester United), Marcus Danielson (Dalian Yifang), Martin Olsson (Hacken), Ludwig Augustinsson (Werder Bremen), Pontus Jansson (Brentford), Filip Helander (Rangers), Mikael Lustig (AIK), Andreas Granqvist (Helsingborg)

Midfielders: Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig), Ken Sema (Watford), Viktor Claesson (Krasnodar), Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus), Sebastian Larsson (AIK), Albin Ekdal (Sampdoria), Kristoffer Olsson (Krasnodar), Jens-Lys Cajuste (Midtjylland), Mattias Svanberg (Bologna), Gustav Svensson (Guangzhou)

Forwards: Marcus Berg (Krasnodar), Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad), Robin Quaison (Mainz), Jordan Larsson (Spartak Moscow)

Group F


France announced its preliminary roster on May 18, and stunned many when it included the exiled striker Karim Benzema.

“To arrive at this decision, there were steps,” France Coach Didier Deschamps told French television, saying he had met privately with Benzema to resolve any differences but refusing to discuss their conversations.

“We have seen each other. We had a long discussion. After that I had a long reflection to come to this decision. I’m not going to reveal a word of the discussion, it’s only our business. I needed it. He needed it.”

Benzema has scored 27 times for France, but he made the last of his 81 appearances for the team in October 2015. He was then suspended from the national team after he was implicated in blackmail plot involving his former France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

Benzema, who is of Algerian descent, came under heavy criticism from commentators, politicians and others for his role in the scandal. In an interview, he later accused Deschamps of giving in to “a racist part of France” that wanted him banned from the national team.

After he was left off the roster of the French team that went on to win the World Cup under Deschamps in 2018, Benzema lashed out at the French soccer federation president for suggesting that his international career was over.

Deschamps said Tuesday that he and Benzema, 33, had met to clear the air between the men, and that he had put his personal feelings aside. He brought back Benzema now, he said, because he thought his inclusion improved the team.

“The France team does not belong to me,” Deschamps said. “It is above everything.”

Even though he has been included, though, it is unclear if Benzema would have a starring role. Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, Kingsley Coman and Olivier Giroud give Deschamps plenty of options up front.

France’s team:

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Mike Maignan (Lille), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton), Léo Dubois (Lyon), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Presnel Kimpembe (Pairs St.-Germain), Jules Kounde (Sevilla), Clément Lenglet (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)

Midfielders: N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Thomas Lemar (Atlético Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Kylian Mbappé (Paris St.-Germain), Marcus Thuram (Borussia Mönchengladbach)


Germany’s team includes eight players from Bayern Munich, from goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and defender Niklas Süle to Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka in the midfield to Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sané up front.

Bayern has long supplied the core of the German national team, and Coach Joachim Löw could start a half dozen Bayern players in any given match and few German fans would complain. But France also has four Bayern players on its team this year, which will make the teams’ meeting in their first group match on June 15 a showcase for the Bundesliga champion.

Germany’s squad:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bernd Leno (Arsenal)

Defenders: Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich), Emre Can (Borussia Dortmund), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Robin Gosens (Atalanta), Robin Koch (Leeds United), Christian Günter (Freiburg), Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig)

Midfielders: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), İlkay Gündogan (Manchester City), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Florian Neuhaus (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Forwards: Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Kevin Volland (Monaco), Timo Werner (Chelsea)


In this group, it’s probably best to get an early look at Hungary before they are gone. They may also become the rare team in the tournament with an M.L.S. player in its traveling party: their new 20-year-old signing, Szabolcs Schön.

Goalkeepers: Adam Bogdan (Ferencvaros), Denes Dibusz (Ferencvaros), Peter Gulacsi (RB Leipzig), Balazs Tóth (Puskas Akademia)

Defenders: Bendeguz Bolla (Fehervar), Endre Botka (Ferencvaros), Attila Fiola (Fehervar), Szilveszter Hangya (Fehervar), Akos Kecskes (Lugano), Adam Lang (Omonoia), Gergo Lovrencsics (Ferencvaros), Willi Orban (RB Leipzig), Csaba Spandler (Puskas Akademia), Attila Szalai (Fenerbahce)

Midfielders: Tamas Cseri (Mezokovesd), Daniel Gazdag (Budapest Honved), Filip Holender (Partizan), Laszlo Kleinheisler (Osijek), Adam Nagy (Bristol City), Loïc Nego (Fehervar), Andras Schäfer (Dunajska Streda), David Siger (Ferencvaros), Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Leipzig)

Forwards: Janos Hahn (Paks), Nemanja Nikolic (Fehervar), Roland Sallai (Freiburg), Szabolcs Schön (Dallas), Adam Szalai (Mainz), Kevin Varga (Kasimpasa), Roland Varga (MTK Budapest)


Portugal, the defending European champion, included on its roster not only stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes but three key players from the star-studded team — defenders João Cancelo and Rúben Dias and forward Bernardo Silva — that led Manchester City to the Champions League final.

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Rui Patrício (Wolves), Rui Silva (Granada)

Defenders: João Cancelo (Manchester City), Nélson Semedo (Wolves), José Fonte (Lille), Pepe (Porto), Rúben Dias (Manchester City), Nuno Mendes (Sporting), Raphael Guerreiro (Dortmund)

Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (Paris), João Palhinha (Sporting), Rúben Neves (Wolves), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), João Moutinho (Wolves), Renato Sanches (Lille), Sérgio Oliveira (Porto), William Carvalho (Real Betis)

Forwards: Pedro Gonçalves (Sporting), André Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), João Félix (Atlético Madrid), Rafa Silva (Benfica)

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