England Euro 2024 squad: Gareth Southgate confirms no place for Jack Grealish in final 26-man selection


England manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed his final 26-man squad for this summer’s European Championship in Germany after seven players were dropped before Friday’s warm-up game against Iceland.

As reported earlier on Thursday by The Athletic, Southgate has cut Jack Grealish, James Maddison, Curtis Jones, James Trafford, Jarell Quansah, Curtis Jones and Jarrad Branthwaite from the provisional 33-man squad he selected in late May.

Defender Harry Maguire has also been left out after failing to recover from the calf injury that ruled him out of Manchester United’s end-of-season run-in and FA Cup final victory over Manchester City.

Maguire said in reaction to his omission: “I am devastated not to have been selected to play for England at the Euros this summer. Despite my best efforts, I have not been able to overcome an injury to my calf. Maybe I pushed myself too hard, to try and make it. Simply, I am absolutely gutted.”

He added: “I will return to the supervision of the Manchester United medical team in order to prepare for next season.”

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James Maddison and Jack Grealish (right) are two of seven players to be cut from Gareth Southgate’s provisional squad (Photo by Eddie Keogh – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Maddison, who played 30 minutes as a second-half substitute in Monday’s warm-up win over Bosnia & Herzegovina, left camp on Wednesday evening after being informed he was not part of Southgate’s plans for the tournament.

“Devastated doesn’t quite cut it,” the playmaker said in a statement on Thursday. “Trained well and worked hard all week but if I’m honest with myself, my form for Spurs when coming back from injury in the second half of the season probably wasn’t at the levels I had set which gave Gareth a decision to make.

“I still thought there would be a space for me in a 26 man squad as I feel I bring something different and had been a mainstay in this whole qualifying campaign for Euro 2024 in Germany but the manager has made the decision and I have to respect that.”

He added: “Wishing the boys all the luck in the world out in Germany, unbelievable group and lads that I literally call some of my best friends. I genuinely hope football comes home.”

The exclusion of Branthwaite, Maguire and Quansah leaves Southgate with five recognised centre-backs and a combined 103 England caps between them, with the bulk of those coming from John Stones (71).

Crystal Palace will have four representatives in Germany after Eberechi Eze, Adam Wharton, Marc Guehi and goalkeeper Dean Henderson were all retained.

The inclusion of Brentford’s Ivan Toney means Southgate will have the option of three strikers, along with Harry Kane and Ollie Watkins, who scored 19 goals and provided 13 assists to help Aston Villa qualify for Champions League football next season.

Chelsea playmaker Cole Palmer, who netted 22 goals with 11 assists in his debut season at Chelsea, will represent England at his first major tournament after being named as one of 10 forwards.

England open up their Euro 2024 campaign against Serbia on June 16 in Gelsenkirchen before games against Group C rivals Denmark and Slovenia.

England Euro 2024 squad in full

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Crystal Palace), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal).

Defenders: Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Manchester City).

Midfielders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Kobbie Mainoo (Manchester United), Adam Wharton (Crystal Palace) Declan Rice (Arsenal).

Forwards: Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Anthony Gordon (Newcastle United), Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), Cole Palmer (Chelsea), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Ivan Toney (Brentford), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).



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