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Graham Taylor selected 28 players for the game with Brazil at Wembley on May 17, plus four on standby: Gary Pallister of Manchester United, the PFA's Player of the Year, who had narrowly missed out on the 1988 squad; the Tottenham Hotspur pair, Gary Mabbutt and Paul Stewart; and Geoff Thomas of Crystal Palace.

Liverpool right-back, Rob Jones pulled out of the squad, two days before the Brazil game, with shin splints. On the day following the 1-1 draw with Brazil, Taylor announced his 20-man squad, thirteen days ahead of the deadline. Andy Sinton of Queens Park Rangers was placed on standby, in case Liverpool's John Barnes failed to respond to treatment on his troublesome right thigh, and David Seaman of Arsenal was named as the reserve goalkeeper, as stipulated by UEFA. Five other players from the 28 were excluded: Manchester City goalkeeper, Tony Coton; his team-mate, Keith Curle; experienced Rangers right-back, Gary Stevens; and two Arsenal players; midfielder, David Rocastle, who also missed out on the 1990 World Cup; and the First Division's top scorer, Ian Wright. Another right-back, Lee Dixon of Arsenal dropped out of the squad with a knee injury, a week later and Gary Stevens was drafted in to replace him.

With the squad submitted to UEFA, England had one final warm-up game, against Finland in Helsinki on June 3. After only twelve minutes, John Barnes ruptured his right Achilles tendon and ruled himself out of the tournament, whilst Gary Stevens, the one remaining recognised right-back in the squad, suffered a stress fracture in his right foot and he, too, had to withdraw. Two days later, UEFA agreed to allow two replacements to join the squad; Andy Sinton, originally on standby for Barnes; and Keith Curle, who was a central defender, and now found himself recalled as the fourth-choice right-back.

Unfortunately for Taylor, there was to be another crushing blow, when Liverpool captain, Mark Wright revealed that he had aggravated an old Achilles tendon injury in Helsinki and did not travel with the squad to Sweden on June 7. The Arsenal captain, Tony Adams was placed on standby in case UEFA agreed to Wright being replaced. Wright flew to Sweden to be examined by a UEFA medic on June 11, the day of England's opening game, but as the injury was not a new one, the request was rejected, leaving England with 19 squad members for the tournament.

 

No. Name Age Pos Club Starts Subs Total Goals Capts
1. Woods, Christopher C.E. 32 G Sheffield Wednesday FC     31 0    
2. Dixon, Lee M. 28 D Arsenal FC     12 0    
2. Stevens, M. Gary 29 D Rangers FC, Scotland     46 0    
2. Curle, Keith 28 D Manchester City FC     2 0    
3. Pearce, Stuart 30 D Nottingham Forest FC     47 2    
4. Keown, Martin R. 25 D Everton FC     6 1    
5. Walker, Desmond S. 26 D Nottingham Forest FC     44 0    
6. Wright, Mark 28 D Liverpool FC     42 1    
7. Platt, David A. 26 M AS Bari, Italy     29 10    
8. Steven, Trevor M. 28 M Olympique de Marseille, France     34 4    
9. Clough, Nigel H. 26 M Nottingham Forest FC     7 0    
10. Lineker, Gary W. 31 F Tottenham Hotspur FC     77 48    
11. Barnes, John C.B. 28 F Liverpool FC     67 10    
11. Sinton, Andrew 26 M Queen's Park Rangers FC     4 0    
12. Palmer, Carlton L. 26 M Sheffield Wednesday FC     4 0    
13. Martyn, A. Nigel 25 G Crystal Palace FC     2 0    
14. Dorigo, Anthony R. 26 D Leeds United AFC     10 0    
15. Webb, Neil J. 28 M Manchester United FC     24 4    
16. Merson, Paul C. 24 F Arsenal FC     5 1    
17. Smith, Alan M. 29 F Arsenal FC     11 2    
18. Daley, Anthony M. 24 F Aston Villa FC     5 0    
19. Batty, David 23 M Leeds United AFC     8 0    
20. Shearer, Alan 21 F Southampton FC     2 1    
Averages Age x Appearances x Goals x
 
Euro Record  
No. Name vs. Denmark (0-0) vs. France (0-0) vs. Sweden (1-2) mins
1. Woods, Christopher C.E. Start GA 0 Start GA 0 Start GA 1 270
2. Curle, Keith Start 11 off 62 unused sub unused sub 62
3. Pearce, Stuart Start Start Start 270
4. Keown, Martin R. Start 9 Start Start 270
5. Walker, Desmond S. Start Start Start 270
6. Wright, Mark injured 0
7. Platt, David A. Start Start Start 3 270
8. Steven, Trevor M. Start Start unused sub 180
9. Clough, Nigel H. unused sub unused sub unused sub 0
10. Lineker, Gary W. Start Start Start off 62 242
11. Sinton, Andrew unused sub Start Start off 76 166
12. Palmer, Carlton L. Start Start Start 270
13. Martyn, A. Nigel unused sub unused sub unused sub 0
14. Dorigo, Anthony R. unused sub unused sub unused sub 0
15. Webb, Neil J. substitute 71 unused sub Start 81 109
16. Merson, Paul C. Start off 71 injured substitute 76 85
17. Smith, Alan M. Start unused sub substitute 62 118
18. Daley, Anthony M. substitute 62 68 unused sub Start 10 118
19. Batty, David unused sub Start 69 Start 180
20. Shearer, Alan unused sub Start unused sub 90
 
Post-Euro  
No. Name Age Pos Club Starts Subs Total Goals Capts
1. Woods, Christopher C.E. 32 G Sheffield Wednesday FC     34 0    
2. Curle, Keith 28 D Manchester City FC     3 0   1
3. Pearce, Stuart 30 D Nottingham Forest FC     50 2    
4. Keown, Martin R. 25 D Everton FC     9 1    
5. Walker, Desmond S. 26 D Nottingham Forest FC     47 0    
6. Wright, Mark 28 D Liverpool FC     42 1    
7. Platt, David A. 26 M AS Bari, Italy     32 11    
8. Steven, Trevor M. 28 M Olympique de Marseille, France     36 4    
9. Clough, Nigel H. 26 M Nottingham Forest FC     7 0    
10. Lineker, Gary W. 31 F Tottenham Hotspur FC     80 48    
11. Sinton, Andrew 26 M Queen's Park Rangers FC     6 0    
12. Palmer, Carlton L. 26 M Sheffield Wednesday FC     7 0    
13. Martyn, A. Nigel 25 G Crystal Palace FC     2 0    
14. Dorigo, Anthony R. 26 D Leeds United AFC     10 0    
15. Webb, Neil J. 28 M Manchester United FC     26 4    
16. Merson, Paul C. 24 F Arsenal FC     7 1    
17. Smith, Alan M. 29 F Arsenal FC     13 2    
18. Daley, Anthony M. 24 F Aston Villa FC     7 0    
19. Batty, David 23 M Leeds United AFC     10 0    
20. Shearer, Alan 21 F Southampton FC     3 1    
 

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