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Steve Clarke ignores Steve Bruce concerns and announces Ryan Fraser is going to Euro 2020

5 months ago
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Ryan Fraser is off to the Euro 2020 finals next month, injury and fitness permitting.

On Tuesday, Steve Bruce warned Steve Clarke against taking the Newcastle United winger.

The NUFC Head Coach claiming it would be a massive risk taking Ryan Fraser to the Euros this summer, as he’s now been out injured for eight and a half weeks with a groin problem.

The winger was pictured in Monday training ground images released by the club but Steve Bruce said on Tuesday that Fraser was yet to join in with full training. Bruce adding that Ryan Fraser wouldn’t be playing in either of the final two games in the season, as he is yet to prove he is over his injury and fully fit.

Steve Clarke though dismissing these concerns, naming Ryan Fraser in his 26 man Scotland squad for Euro 2020. Former NUFC defender Grant Hanley was also named in the 26.

Euro 2021 doesn’t kick-off for another 23 days time (Friday 11 June) and the very latest that countries can confirm their 26 man squads is 1 June, in 13 days time.

Scotland face the Czech Republic on 14 June, England on 18 June and Croatia 22 June in the group stage.

Steve Clarke named the following Scotland squad for the Euro 2020 finals:

Goalkeepers: Marshall, McLaughlin, Gordon.

Defenders: O’Donnell, Cooper, Gallagher, Hanley, Hendry, McKenna, Patterson, Robertson, Taylor, Tierney.

Midfielders: McGregor, Christie, McGinn, Armstrong, Fleck, Gilmour, McTominay, Turnbull.

Forwards: Nisbet, Fraser, Forrest, Dykes, Adams.

The first game of the tournament is on Friday 11 June with Turkey v Italy kicking off proceedings as the first group match, the tournament ending 30 days later with the Euro 2020 final to be played at Wembley on Sunday 11 July.

The 26 man squads need to be named by Tuesday 1 June at the latest but the competing countries are now gradually going public.

Former Newcastle United keeper Matz Sels was named in the Belgium 26 man squad when that was named on Monday 17 May and then on Tuesday Emil Krafth celebrated his first ever Premier League goal for Newcastle against Manchester City by been named in Sweden’s 26 man squad for Euro 2021.

Wednesday has also seen Germany name their Euro 2020 squad, though of course no Newcastle link there.

Martin Dubravka is of course set to be named in the Slovakia squad and likely set to be first choice for his country in the tournament.

England are reported to be planning to name their 26 man crowd next week (commencing Monday 24 May). Callum Wilson maybe had faint hopes of forcing his way in with a late rush of goals in the last few matches. However, out injured for the final weeks of the season and missing the last three NUFC games, that looks to have swept away any remaining possibility of inclusion.

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