Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford left out of England squad for Euro 2024




Marcus Rashford paid for his poor season as the Manchester United striker was left out of England manager Gareth Southgate’s 33-man provisional squad for Euro 2024 on Tuesday. Former Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Chelsea captain Reece James were among the other big names left out of the squad, which must be reduced to a maximum of 26 before the tournament begins in Germany. Crystal Palace’s Adam Wharton is rewarded for a brilliant finish to the Eagles’ Premier League season with his first call-up. Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite and Liverpool duo Jarell Quansah and Curtis Jones are the other uncapped players selected with Southgate short of defensive options.

England will face Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 3 and Iceland four days later before traveling to Germany, where they are one of the favorites to win the tournament.

The plethora of options available to Southgate in attacking areas means Rashford misses a major international tournament for the first time since the 2014 World Cup.

Rashford has scored just eight goals in 42 appearances for his club this season and recently returned from injury.

“These are difficult decisions. With Marcus I feel like other players in that area have had better seasons. It’s as simple as that,” Southgate said.

In a social media post, Rashford said: “I wish Gareth and the boys all the best.”

Henderson’s injury-hit move to Ajax in January after a brief spell in Saudi Arabia has not done enough to earn the 33-year-old a place.

“Henderson has given himself every opportunity. The determining factor was the injury he suffered in the last (international) camp,” Southgate added.

“He missed five weeks and couldn’t regain his intensity level. It was a difficult decision.”

The same goes for Jadon Sancho despite his rebirth on his return to Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund on loan from United.

Raheem Sterling and Kalvin Phillips were also overlooked despite shining for Southgate in the past in major tournaments.

Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden, who led Manchester City to the Premier League title on Sunday, and Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka are included as part of a fearsome collection of creative talents that will provide the all-time leading goalscorer from England, Harry Kane.

England’s men begin their quest to win a major tournament for the first time in 58 years against Serbia on June 16 before facing Denmark and Slovenia in Group C.

The Three Lions have come agonizingly close to glory under Southgate before, losing the Euro Final 2020 on penalties to Italy.

England also reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup.

“Are we one of those teams that can win? Absolutely,” Southgate said.

“I’d be an idiot to say no, but if I said yes, that doesn’t mean we don’t have a lot of work ahead of us.

“They know what is possible, they know what they have won at club level and what that entails. You can watch cup football, you have to navigate game by game.”

Equipment:

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), Dean Henderson (Crystal Palace), James Trafford (Burnley)

Defenders: Kyle Walker, John Stones (both Manchester City), Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire (both Manchester United), Jarrad Branthwaite (Everton), Jarell Quansah, Joe Gomez (both Liverpool), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle) , Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa), Lewis Dunk (Brighton)

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

Forward: Harry Kane (Bayern Munich/GER), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa), Ivan Toney (Brentford), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Anthony Gordon (Newcastle), Cole Palmer (Chelsea), James Maddison ( Tottenham), Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid/ESP), Phil Foden, Jack Grealish (both Manchester City), Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace)

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