May 31, 2016

LONDON (AP) The Latest on the European Championship squad announcements (all times local):


6:50 p.m.

There were no surprises when Belgium coach Marc Wilmots announced his 23-man Euro 2016 squad , having already changed his plans following injuries to defenders.

Long-time captain Vincent Kompany announced earlier this month that he would not be fit for France and several other defenders were then also forced to pull out.

Few outside of Belgium will have heard of Racing Genk defender Christian Kabasele, who was added to the squad this week when Nicolas Lombaerts of St. Petersburg and Dedryck Boyata had to pull out.

With stars like Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, Belgium is among the favorites to lift the trophy - if its defense holds up.


6:00 p.m.

Captain Tomas Rosicky has returned from injuries to lead the Czech Republic at the European Championship.

The creative midfielder was included in the final 23-man squad announced by coach Pavel Vrba on Tuesday.

Rosicky, who has made 101 international appearances, injured his knee in a Euro 2016 qualifier match against Iceland last June. When he recovered, he got injured again playing for Arsenal in an FA Cup match against Burnley in January. The 35-year-old Rosicky didn't play at all in the Premier League last season.

But he captained the Czechs to a 6-0 victory over Malta on Friday and is ready for Euro 2016.

At Euro 2016, they open against defending champion Spain on June 13, and also face Croatia and Turkey in Group D.


2:45 p.m.

Three weeks after breaking his left leg, Joe Ledley was included in the 23-man Wales squad for the European Championship.

The midfielder sustained the fracture playing in the Premier League for Crystal Palace on May 7.

But Wales coach Chris Coleman says Ledley, who has played 62 times for Wales, is recovering well and has a chance of playing in their Euro 2016 opener against Slovakia on June 11.


2:35 p.m.

Hungary coach Bernd Storck has named veteran midfielders Zoltan Gera and Balazs Dzsudzsak to his squad for the European Championship, the country's first appearance at the continental event since 1972.

The 23-man squad also includes goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly, who has played a record 102 matches with the national team, versatile MTK Budapest defender Barnabas Bese, who has yet to make his debut with the team but can also play at forward, and Werder Bremen midfielder Laszlo Kleinheisler.

Hungary defeated Norway in a pair of playoff games in November to reach Euro 2016, its first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

Among the players cut from the squad Tuesday were Getafe goalkeeper Balazs Megyeri and Pogon Szczecin forward Adam Gyurcso.


2:10 p.m.

Marcus Rashford is going to the European Championship with England, barely three months after the 18-year-old striker made his senior debut with Manchester United.

Rashford scored three minutes into his England debut in Friday's 2-1 win over Australia and he made the cut on Tuesday for the final 23-man Euro 2016 squad.

England coach Roy Hodgson dropped winger Andros Townsend and midfielder Danny Drinkwater along with injured midfielder Fabian Delph from his initial 26-man squad.

Rashford is one of five forwards along with captain Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy.

Rashford was plucked from the United youth teams and given his senior debut in February because of an injury crisis. He scored two goals in his debut - a Europa League game against FC Midtjylland - and two more against Arsenal three days later in his first Premier League start.



Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus has been cut from Germany's European Championship squad, and captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has made the final list despite injury.

Reus, who has been struggling at the team's training camp in Ascona, Switzerland, was omitted Tuesday from the final list of 23 players, along with Hoffenheim defender Sebastian Rudy and Bayer Leverkusen players Julian Brandt and Karim Bellarabi.

Germany coach Joachim Loew says the decision to leave Reus out was taken because ''he has huge health problems and can only run straight at the moment.''

Reus also missed Germany's World Cup win in 2014 because of injury.

Germany plays Hungary in Gelsenkirchen for its last warm-up game on Saturday, before leaving for its tournament base in Evian-les-Bains on June 7. The tournament starts June 10.


10:30 a.m.

Three players from Real Madrid and three from Atletico Madrid will compete for the final four spots in Spain's squad for the European Championship.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has announced a list with 19 players who will make it to France, leaving the final four spots available to the players who participated in Saturday's Champions League final between Madrid and Atletico.

Seven players from the Madrid clubs had been included in the preliminary list released two weeks ago, but Real Madrid's Dani Carvajal was ruled out of the tournament because of a muscle injury sustained in the final in Milan.

The six players vying for the final four spots are Madrid's Sergio Ramos, Isco Alarcon and Lucas Vazquez, as well as Atletico's Juanfran, Jorge ''Koke'' Resurreccion and Saul Niguez.

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