Just three years ago, Leeds United had finished the 2017-18 campaign in the bottom half of the Championship table under Paul Heckingbottom. Fast forward three years, and Marcelo Bielsa has galvanised a stuttering Leeds side and getting more out of them than anyone ever thought capable – so much so, that they sit mid-table in the Premier League. Those same players have flourished on the international scene too – but which Leeds players will be at this summer’s Euro 2020?
Below names the players who have been called up, and who could be picked in the coming days and weeks:
Liam Cooper – Scotland
Steve Clarke announced the Scotland squad on Wednesday (19th May) and Cooper was a part of it. He has five caps for Scotland.
Mateusz Klich – Poland
Klich is a regular in the Poland side and was even a part of the team before Bielsa’s arrival. He has played 30 times for his country, scoring twice.
Robin Koch – Germany
The Germans announced their 26-man side on Wednesday – along with Scotland – which sees seven-time international Koch named in Joachim Low’s last tournament as Germany boss.
Tyler Roberts – Wales
A good week for Roberts, who has been named in the 28-man preliminary Wales squad ahead of the warm-up fixtures – having netted his first Premier League goal last week. Roberts has 13 caps for Wales.
Kalvin Phillips – England
Unsurprisingly, Phillips is included. He played more minutes for England than any other player during the World Cup qualifiers, and has a solid chance of starting against Croatia during the opener.
Diego Llorente – Spain
Llorente is one of the 24 players that Luis Enrique has chosen to pick. The ex-Barcelona boss has decided to go with a slightly smaller group, though for reasons that are unclear. Llorente, though, is included.
Gjanni Alioski – North Macedonia
A hectic summer for a hectic player. His contract will expire during the tournament, but the Leeds left-footer is off to the Euros for the first time. It is North Macedonia’s first ever major tournament.
Patrick Bamford – England
Plenty of debate has been had over the inclusion of Bamford. His 17 goals did not tempt Gareth Southgate, though. Eventually, Southgate opted to go with Dom Calvert-Lewin. Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings have also missed out.
Rodrigo – Spain
Despite four goals in his last four Premier League games, 25-time Spain international Rodrigo has been overlooked. A season of injuries and Covid-19, Rodrigo misses out. Luis Enrique only picked 24 players.
Stuart Dallas – Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland failed to qualify and that means Dallas – a contender for the Leeds POTS award – will miss out on playing at Euro 2020.
Pascal Struijk – Belgium/Netherlands
Able to play for either, there had been some talk that Roberto Martinez might give Struijk a chance. But both have ignored his recent form.
Illan Meslier – France
France have decided to stick with what they know, choosing Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda and Mike Maignan. Meslier will have to wait – though he has now been confirmed as part of the Under-21 squad, who are also competing at this summer’s European Championships.