Bertrand and Forster in England squad for EURO 2016 preparations

By SFC Media Mon 16 May Club

Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand and goalkeeper Fraser Forster have been named in the England squad for the pre-UEFA EURO 2016 friendlies.

The duo are included in manager Roy Hodgson’s 26-man party ahead of this summer’s tournament, in France.

England will face three preparation games, against Turkey, Australia and Portugal, with the group being whittled down to 23 players before EURO 2016 kicks-off.

For Forster, his selection caps what has been an incredible 2016. After making his way back from a long-term knee injury, he set a new club record for the longest time without conceding a goal in the top-flight, while he also returned to the international fold, signed a new five-year contract at Saints and helped the club qualify for Europe.

Should he make the final cut, EURO 2016 will be the second major international tournament that Forster has been involved in, after being part of the group at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, although he did not play in any of England’s three games in Brazil.

For left-back Bertrand, this would be a first major tournament. The defender has once again been an excellent performer in Ronald Koeman’s side this season and has established himself as a regular in his country’s squad.

Bertrand has made 34 appearances for Saints this season, netting his first goal of the campaign in yesterday’s 4-1 win over Crystal Palace that secured Europa League qualification.

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