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Gareth Southgate Reveals ‘Really Tough’ Euro 2024 England Squad Decision

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Gareth Southgate has finally named his final 26-man England squad for the upcoming Euro 2024 as the Three Lions prepare to embark on a journey to Germany for the championship. But there has been a few surprising omissions, including that of Manchester City winger Jack Grealish.

England Confirm Final 26-Man Squad For Euro 2024 Without Jack Grealish

Major Stars Snubbed From England Squad

A major absentee from the England squad for Euro 2024 is that of the Manchester City man, who was one of the stars of the Euro 2020 for his side. Indeed, Grealish, who was hailed as “outstanding” for his performance in the Cityzens win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last season, produced a number of brilliant performances in the previous Euros to help the Three Lions make it to the final. Now, a few years later, he hasn’t even been named in the final squad.

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Gareth Southgate has explained the difficulty of keeping the likes of Grealish and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder James Maddison out of his squad for the European Championship. He stated: “It’s been really tough. Madders [Maddison] and Jack [Grealish] are two of my best mates in the squad, probably spent most of my time with them since I’ve been here. To see them go is not a nice feeling. And they’ve both just said then, before they went, Madders last night, Jack just now, that they wish us all the best. They’re gutted they’ve been left out of the squad. We’re so close as a group and no one is feeling really bitter about being left out.”

Other Surprising England Squad Picks

Gareth Southgate has shown a lot of faith in the younger English players for the upcoming Euros. Crystal Palace have four of their players named in the squad, which includes young winger Eberechi Eze, centre-back Marc Guehi and midfielder Adam Wharton. Manchester United midfielder Kobbie Mainoo has also been picked after his impressive 2023/24 season.

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Interestingly, Trent Alexander-Arnold is considered as a midfielder than a defender in the England squad, while Jude Bellingham is considered among the forwards. Harry Maguire has not been selected after failing to recover from a calf injury in time for the tournament. Here is what the full England squad looks like for Euro 2024.

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale, Dean Henderson.

Defenders: Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Joe Gomez, John Stones, Lewis Dunk, Marc Guehi, Ezri Konsa, Luke Shaw.

Midfielders: Declan Rice, Kobbie Mainoo, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Gallagher, Adam Wharton, Jude Bellingham

Forwards: Bukayo Saka, Jarrod Bowen, Phil Foden, Eberechi Eze, Cole Palmer, Anthony Gordon, Ollie Watkins, Harry Kane, Ivan Toney.


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