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·21 May 2024

The biggest omissions from England’s provisional Euro 2024 squad

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We finally know the provisional England squad ahead of Euro 2024 this summer.

Gareth Southgate has named a massive 33-man group that will be whittled down to 26 players before the plane departs for Germany.

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The Three Lions will boast one of the most talented collections of footballers in the entire tournament, making them one of the favourites to lift the Henri Delaunay trophy for the first time ever.

That does mean that there are lot of big name players who have missed out on a place in the squad, some of whom will consider themselves unlucky not to feature in the manager’s plans. Others simply have not been good enough.

Southgate’s biggest omissions from England squad for Euro 2024:

Marcus Rashford

After scoring 30 goals for Manchester United last season, Marcus Rashford has seen his form fall off a cliff this term. He has found the net just eight times and struggled with injury. Once seen as a staple of the England team, there is simply too much talent in the wide areas to accommodate him anymore.

Jordan Henderson

Having left Liverpool last summer in the pursuit of a giant purse in Saudi Arabia, Jordan Henderson finds himself at Ajax with none of that money and without a spot in the England squad less than a year on. A huge fall from grace for the former captain.

Reece James

One of the most talented and gifted players of his generation, Reece James has been cursed with bad injury after bad injury. The right-back returned towards the end of the season for Chelsea before ending it prematurely with a red card against Brighton. There simply was not enough time for him to convince Southgate.

Dominic Solanke

A career-best 19 goals in a Premier League season would normally be enough to get you in the England team, yet Dominic Solanke is still waiting for his second cap. The writing was on the wall when the Bournemouth striker wasn’t called up for the March internationals, with Southgate instead picking Ollie Watkins and Ivan Toney as Harry Kane’s backups.

Ben Chilwell

To be a Chelsea full-back is to be damned with injury worries. Ben Chilwell is one of England’s best options on the left side of the back four, but he only made nine Premier League starts this season.

Jadon Sancho

Hardly the biggest surprise Jadon Sancho does not make the cut given his last England cap came all the way back in 2021. But the winger would have been hopeful that his impressive performances on loan at Borussia Dortmund might be enough to get him a look-in.

Harvey Elliott

This tournament has probably come a little too soon for Harvey Elliott. The Liverpool youngster has had something of a breakout campaign, registering three goals and six assists in the Premier League. He only made 11 top-flight starts though, which has probably prevented him from making the step up to international level.

Ben White

We all knew Ben White was not going to be included, but it is still strange to see one of the best defenders of the season won’t be heading to Euro 2024. The Arsenal player reportedly had a falling out with assistant Steve Holland, prompting his early flight home from the 2022 World Cup. He hasn’t played for England since.

Levi Colwill

It’s not been a great year for Chelsea, but Levi Colwill has been one of the club’s better performers in defence. The 21-year-old, who can play centrally or on the left, was widely tipped to make the cut. His omission means Luke Shaw is the only specialist left-back in the squad

Nick Pope

In this writer’s opinion, Nick Pope is the best goalkeeper available to Southgate, but a dislocated shoulder in December ruled him out for over five months. He returned for Newcastle United‘s final game of the season, but there’s simply too much competition in nets for the manager to bring along someone who just got over a serious injury.

Kalvin Phillips

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips has not made the squad. The 28-year-old joined West Ham on loan in January to keep himself in contention for England, but it turned into a nightmare spell for the former Leeds star.

Raheem Sterling

Another player who was once integral to Southgate’s plans, Raheem Sterling now finds himself firmly on the outside looking in. It’s by no means a shocking omission, as the Chelsea winger has clearly regressed over the past two seasons.

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