Roundup: Manchester United players called up for Euro 2016

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United will be represented at next month’s European Championship finals by ten players looking to help their respective countries win the tournament.

Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling have been named in Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man squad on Tuesday. Rashford was named in the squad only 96 days after making his senior Man United debut and will have impressed Hodgson after he scored thee minutes into his England debut in a 2-1 friendly win over Australia. Smalling has had a spectacular season and is favourite to appear at centre-back in the Group B opener against Russia. Rooney is the club’s captain and will play a key role in France after he scored against Australia on Friday night.

Morgan Schneiderlin was a late call-up to Didier Deschamps’s French squad as Marseille’s Lassana Diarra was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. He was originally omitted from the squad but moved up from the standby list hours before the deadline. Anthony Martial has also been named in the squad and although he has currently suffered a thigh problem Deschamps was clear Martial would play a part in the tournament.

Bastian Schweinsteiger looks fighting fit and is set to play at Euro 2016 as he recovers from the knee problem that forced him to miss United’s last 11 games. The German captain will be looking to lead his side through another successful tournament after the 2014 World Cup.

Paddy McNair will be playing for Northern Ireland, he has often been used in the midfield for his country and was successful on Friday in a 3-0 friendly win over Belarus.

Matteo Darmian has been named in Antonio Conte’s Italy squad for France, he has proved his return to full fitness following an ankle problem as a substitute in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.

David De Gea has been included in Vicente Del Bosque’s final squad for the tournament, he’s been in excellent form and was named as United’s Player of the Year. Although Iker Casillas could retain the no.1 spot, there is no doubt it’ll be a difficult decision for Del Bosque with two world-class goalkeepers at his disposal.

Marouane Fellaini is one of only four central midfielders selected by Belgium coach Marc Wilmots. He will be hoping to help the side progress from Group E, which also contains Italy, Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

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