England U21 manager Gareth Southgate named his final 23-man squad for this June's Under-21 European Championships, and three prominent young Tottenham stars made the squad. Midfielders Tom Carroll and Alex Pritchard are joined, of course, by striker Harry Kane.
Defender Eric Dier, who was named to the provisional 27-man squad by Southgate a few weeks ago, was cut from the final squad and will not participate. In quotes on The FA's website, Southgate explained the decision to cut Dier from the final squad.
"Eric was a difficult one. [He was cut] because we've got five very good centre-backs in that initial squad.
Eric was last involved in the play-off game in Croatia and part of my thinking was that out of those five, Eric can be part of the U21s squad again next season.
For the others, it's their last opportunity so I'm very much looking at Eric as being one of our leaders next campaign and really taking ownership of the position on the field."
With three players named in the squad, Tottenham are the most-represented Premier League club in England's squad. Harry Kane's participation is one that has been hotly contested since his emergence as one of the best strikers in England this season. There was rampant speculation about whether he would play in the U21 Euros, but it's said that Kane, who helped England qualify for the tournament, wanted to participate to see the process through.
The U21 European Championships begin June 17 in the Czech Republic. England open their group stage with a match against Portugal on June 18.
England U21 Euro Championship Squad:
Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham), Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Stoke City)
Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Luke Garbutt (Everton) , Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal)
Michael Keane (Burnley), Liam Moore (Leicester City), John Stones (Everton), Matt Targett (Southampton)
Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Will Hughes (Derby County), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Alex Pritchard (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Danny Ings (Burnley), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)