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Southgate announces England’s final squad for Euro 2024, Maguire, Maddison and Grealish axed

England’s manager Gareth Southgate has announced the final 26-player squad for Euro 2024, set to begin in one week time in Germany. The decision comes after initially naming a provisional squad of 33 players. The final selection saw notable omissions, including Harry Maguire, Jack Grealish, James Maddison, Curtis Jones, James Trafford, and Jarrel Quansah. Southgate cited the current form and health status of the players as the reasons for their exclusion.

Harry Maguire, one of the team’s captains, and James Maddison both expressed their disappointment but understanding through letters posted on social media. Maguire’s exclusion is specifically due to a calf injury, while Grealish simply was not chosen.

The Three Lions will count on three players who have won individual awards in three different leagues for their performances during the club season: Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, and Harry Kane who shone in LaLiga, Premier League, and Bundesliga respectively. Additionally, Crystal Palace will have the most representatives in the England squad, with four players making the cut: Eberechi Eze, Marc Guehi, Dean Henderson, and Adam Wharton.