England, Wales and Scotland have friendly fixtures on Wednesday ahead of Euro 2020.
Three of the Home Nations are in friendly action on Wednesday evening, with England set to take on Austria at the Riverside Stadium (England 1/2, Austria 11/2, draw 3/1 – Match Betting).
The Three Lions are hoping to build upon their impressive semi-final showing at the World Cup in Russia three years ago and there is plenty of expectation around the camp.
Southgate named his 26-man squad for the tournament on Tuesday with the selection of four right-backs raising the most eyebrows.
Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold was picked contrary to speculation, while elsewhere, club team mate Jordan Henderson and Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire were also included, despite fitness worries.
Jesse Lingard was one of the unfortunate seven to be cut from the 33-man provisional squad, though Southgate is taking the unusual step of keeping him around the squad for the friendlies – with the 28-year-old expected to start against Austria.
Former England defender Southgate has called on Lingard, who shone for West Ham in the second half of the season, to prove him wrong.
“He will start tomorrow [Wednesday] because Sancho is ill and a lot of players are not available. He deserves that opportunity to show me I am wrong straight away,” commented the England boss.
Scotland get their preparations underway on Wednesday as they face a rejuvenated Netherlands in the Algarve (Netherlands 1/2, Scotland 5/1, draw 16/5 – Match Betting).
It is the first time Scotland are participating at a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup, though the build-up has not been ideal.
Ryan Jack, Kenny McLean, and Oli McBurnie were all picked up injuries ruling them out of the tournament, while John Fleck has tested positive for Covid-19 within the camp and is self-isolating.
Boss Steve Clarke is remaining positive however, and says the Dutch test will be the ideal preparation.
“These friendlies should be a good workout for us. The way the Dutch play is not dissimilar to the way that certainly England play, and maybe a little bit like Croatia as pot one teams,” he said.
Finally, Wales take on world champions France in their opening friendly prior to Euro 2020 (France 2/7, Wales 10/1, draw 4/1 – Match Betting).
Interim boss Robert Page named his squad on Tuesday with the biggest surprise being the inclusion of uncapped 19-year-old Cardiff man Rubin Colwill.
Elsewhere however, the squad had a familiar look with the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey tasked with helping Wales match their sensational semi-final achievement at Euro 2016.
Despite the fact they face the well-fancied France, Page insists he won’t play his strongest team and will instead manage workloads.
“It’s not going to be the starting 11 [to face Switzerland],” he said.
“We’ve got players who need minutes and we’ve got players who are not quite ready, so we need to manage that.”