England names provisional squad for Euro 2024, Jordan Henderson and Marcus Rashford fail to make England squad for Euro 2024, reaction, full squad

Marcus Rashford paid for his poor season when 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.

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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.

Rashford’s exclusion from the provisional England squad is what The times’ Martin Samuel described it as “a defining moment” as he often found himself included even if other players were in better form.

“Looking at the names of his forward selections, Rashford does not deserve to be listed above any of them,” Samuel wrote.

Rashford missed out on England's provisional squad for Euro 2024. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Rashford missed out on England’s provisional squad for Euro 2024. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

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“He may not even be the first reserve, given that Dominic Solanke was left out.

“His performances for Manchester United this season have been so ordinary, so indifferent, that even the Old Trafford faithful have turned against him.”

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

The fact that Southgate was only too happy to leave Henderson, one of his most trusted lieutenants, out of the team is why The Telegraph Oliver Brown believed that his omission should count as “his greatest humiliation yet.”

“Henderson has long been one of the England manager’s toughest players, so central to the cause that he still served as vice-captain in both March friendlies against Brazil and Belgium,” Brown wrote.

“Eight weeks later, he no longer deserves even a place in the extended team. Indignities are rarely more boiling.

“While his move to Amsterdam was intended to strengthen his case for a role at Euro 2024, it has simply relegated him to irrelevance.”

Henderson’s bid for Saudi Arabia backfired spectacularly. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

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.

ENGLAND’S PROVISIONAL TEAM FOR EURO 2024

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)