Gareth Southgate says England’s situation is “more complicated than any other country” after announcing a 33-man provisional squad for Euro 2020.
The England manager must name a 26-man squad by 1 June.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea play European finals this week.
“There are 12 players still to play so we’re always going to need additional players and added to that we have some injuries at different stages, that we have very little info about,” he said.
“We felt more time will help us make better decisions.
“Our preference was to name the 26, but we have not got an ideal hand of cards – a lot of unknowns. Info and evidence are very important and we will have a lot more in the next seven days.”
Southgate was asked about Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, who had been left out of the previous England squad in March, being one of four right-backs.
“You’re looking at four right-backs, I just see four good footballers,” he said.
“Kieran Trippier can play at left-back. Alexander-Arnold can play at wing-back, I think he can play midfield. I’ve seen Reece James play on the right side of a back three, at wing-back and as a midfielder. Those flexible players who can fulfil different roles will be hugely important.”
Kyle Walker can also play at centre-back.
Uncapped Ben White, Ben Godfrey, Sam Johnstone and Aaron Ramsdale were named in the provisional squad, as well as three teenagers – Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood.
“There are too many question marks today,” said Southgate. “It will become far clearer. We have got good contingencies in place – a nice balance with young players. If they’re with us for one week or five weeks, it will be a brilliant experience.
“We’re building towards a hugely exciting summer. We have to build a team who can win.”
More to follow.