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How many players in a EURO 2024 squad and when will rosters be announced?

International managers have a relatively relaxed job, that is until it’s time to select a 23-man squad from a crop of players performing in the best leagues in the world.

Every man and his dog, whether they follow football or not, will have an opinion on who should be included in the squad.

As the anticipation builds for Euro 2024 in Germany this summer, fans and pundits eagerly await the announcement of each national team’s roster.

While the exact date of squad announcements remains uncertain, UEFA has set a deadline for teams.

The Sporting News provides everything you need to know ahead of the announcement, and why this tournament is different to previous years.

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When are Euros 2024 squads announced?

We don’t quite know when the Euros squad will be officially communicated but there is a deadline set by UEFA.

The latest a squad can be submitted is June 7, 2024, seven days before the opening game of the tournament.

How many players can be included in a Euro 2024 squad? 

For this tournament, squad sizes will revert to 23 players. This was previously 26 for Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup in case any squads were unsettled by the Coronavirus.

With the reduction in available players for selection, managers find themselves in a position where they must take greater caution, particularly with the obligation to include three goalkeepers in the final 23-man squad.

England boss Gareth Southgate shared how it will affect his decision-making process: “We can take far fewer gambles than we were able to take for the last two tournaments where it was 26.

“The size of the squad makes it a different sort of thought process because you’ve had that leeway in the last couple of tournaments to take players that weren’t going to be fit for the first couple of games.”

Perhaps the toughest decision Southgate faces is whether or not Kobbie Mainoo is included in the squad. The 18-year-old oozes class and plays as though he has 100 caps for England already. 

Though he is just 18 and made his Premier League debut only this season.

MORE: Full EURO 2024 group stage draw and schedule

Euro 2024 schedule, format

The next UEFA European Championship will take place in the summer of 2024, with the group stage to begin June 142024.

The tournament will progress for the subsequent month, with the knockout stage beginning June 30, 2024, with the Round of 16. The final will take place in Berlin on July 142024, to crown the winner and close out the competition.

Round Dates
Group Stage June 14-26, 2024
Round of 16 June 30-July 1, 2024
Quarterfinals July 5-6, 2024
Semifinals July 9-10, 2024
Final July 14, 2024

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