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UEFA to allow expanded squads of 26 at this summer’s Euros

Steve Clarke will now be able to select three more players than originally planned in his final squad.

UEFA to allow expanded squads of 26 at this summer’s Euros SNS Group
Scotland: First major tournament for the men's side since 1998.

UEFA has given the green light for nations to name expanded squads of 26 players for this summer’s rearranged European Championship, the PA news agency understands.

Having postponed the tournament last year, changes to the original competition continue as Euro 2020 goes ahead amid the coronavirus-shaped backdrop.

UEFA’s executive committee last month confirmed teams will be able to make five substitutions per game at the tournament to help balance player workload at the end of an intense season.

With such issues in mind, squads at the Euros are now set to be increased from 23 players to a group of 26.

The Times reports that UEFA’s national teams committee recommended the expansion, which is expected to be rubberstamped by the executive committee of European football’s governing body.

Scotland will be at the tournament for the first time since 1996, and it will be the first time the men’s team have qualified for any major tournament since the World Cup in 1998.

Steve Clarke’s men will play Czech Republic at Hampden in their opening game on June 14, before travelling south to take on England in London.

They will then return to Glasgow to take on Croatia in their final game of the group.