England Euro 2024 squad: Gareth Southgate explains Marcus Rashford omission as Luke Shaw called a ‘long shot’ | football news

Gareth Southgate says Marcus Rashford has been excluded from England’s provisional squad for Euro 2024 because “other players had better seasons than him”.

The Manchester United forward, who has scored eight goals in 42 games for his club this season, was one of two big omissions from the 33-man Three Lions squad preparing for Germany this summer, along with former vice-captain Jordan Henderson.

Rashford had previously been named in all of England’s major tournament squads under Southgate, but will now see his country compete for the Euro 2024 title on home soil.

“Of course, these are difficult decisions,” Southgate said at a news conference. “You are talking about very good players who have been important in what we have done for several years.

“With Marcus, I feel like other players in that area of ​​the field had better seasons. It’s as simple as that.”

England’s full 33-player provisional squad

  • Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Dean Henderson (Crystal Palace), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), James Trafford (Burnley)
  • Defenders: Jarrad Branthwaite (Everton), Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Jarell Quansah (Liverpool), Luke Shaw ( Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
  • Midfielders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Kobbie Mainoo (Manchester United), Declan Rice (Arsenal), Adam Wharton (Crystal Palace)
  • Forwards: Jude Bellingham, (Real Madrid), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Anthony Gordon (Newcastle), Harry Kane (Bayern Munich) , James Maddison (Tottenham), Cole Palmer (Chelsea), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Ivan Toney (Brentford), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)
Gareth Southgate explained why Marcus Rashford is not in the England squad for Euro 2024
Gareth Southgate explained why Marcus Rashford is not in the England squad for Euro 2024

Rashford reacted to his England snub on social media, writing on his Instagram Story: “Wishing Gareth and the boys all the best for the promising tournament.”

The other notable absence from the England squad was Henderson, who has endured a turbulent season at the club. The former Liverpool captain joined Saudi Arabian club Al Ettifaq last summer and, despite keeping his place in the Three Lions squad, then moved to Ajax in the January transfer window.

“Hendo has given himself every opportunity,” Southgate said. “The determining factor is the injury he suffered in the last camp (in March). He missed five weeks and since then he has not been able to reach the intensity of the game.

“He is a fantastic professional, it was a difficult decision to make because he has been very important and has supported me a lot in my time.

“All the guys I’ve spoken to – Ben (Chilwell), Marcus and Jordan, who were with us last time – were incredibly professional and considering the disappointment, they dealt with it well.”

Shaw, a “remote possibility” of winning the European Championship despite the call

Luke Shaw returns to training with Manchester United
Luke Shaw is a big injury doubt for the Euro Cup

Southgate has named 33 players for an England training camp ahead of friendlies with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland in early June, but has to reduce that number to 26 players by 11pm on June 7, nine days before the first match of the Three Lions tournament against Serbia.

The England coach called up left-back Luke Shaw despite a muscle injury keeping him out since mid-February.

Southgate broke the worrying news that Shaw, who is England’s first choice left-back, is a serious doubt to take part in the tournament.

“I’ve got to say he’s coping with it – he’s missed a lot of football,” Southgate said of Shaw’s fitness.

“The fact that he was the first option at that position, we’re probably giving him more time than we could have given him. I’m not sure what’s realistic at this point.

“I have spoken to him, the medical team is in close collaboration with Manchester United. But I have to say that it is a remote possibility.”

Can England go all the way? ‘Of course, absolutely’

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When England manager Gareth Southgate is asked if England can win the Euros, listen to what he has to say in response.

England come into this tournament having come agonizingly close to winning the trophy three years ago, when the Three Lions were beaten by Italy on penalties in the final at Wembley.

When asked if his team is capable of taking another step, the England manager replied: “I would be an idiot if I said no, but if I said yes, that doesn’t mean we don’t have a lot of work ahead of us.

“There is no doubt what is possible. The team has already been close. They know what is possible, they know what they have won at club level and what is needed.”

“And equally, you can see cup football, in which we enter, we know that we have to navigate game by game and qualify from the group.

“But in knockout football, the Champions League showed that Man City and Arsenal were among the top three teams this year and they didn’t get where they wanted to, as it’s fine timing and margins.

“That’s our world. You have to fulfill those moments. But are we one of those teams that can win? Of course, absolutely.”

Merson: “I’m really surprised by Rashford’s omission”

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Paul Merson shares his thoughts on Gareth Southgate’s exclusion of Marcus Rashford from his provisional England squad for Euro 2024.

Sky Sports’ Paul Merson:

“It’s great news. Sixty caps, he’s been in tournaments, he scores goals and you can trust him. If it were any other time, you’d probably say it wasn’t a surprise, but Gareth picks people who aren’t fit, he picks to people even if they are not on your team.

“I’m really surprised. It hasn’t been good, but tournament football is very different (from club football). It’s not like any other type of football.

“He just stopped playing 140 international games in the blink of an eye with Henderson and Rashford. When Rashford gets hot, he gets hot and that’s necessary in football tournaments.

“I like Eze, I just don’t think he’s going to play opposite Foden. If you’re watching the game and 65 minutes have gone by and England are behind, who would you turn to to take him off the bench?

“Rashford, who has done it before and has sixty caps, or someone who has never played in a tournament before? You’ll go with Rashford. And that’s what surprises me. I think you could pick both.”

What’s next for England? The key dates

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Monday June 3 – International friendly, England vs Bosnia and Herzegovina at St James’ Park, kick-off at 7.45pm.

Friday June 7 – international friendly, England vs Iceland at Wembley, kick-off at 7.45pm

Friday June 7 – Final squad of 26 players sent to UEFA

Saturday June 8 – Final team of 26 players announced.

Monday June 10 – The England team flies to Germany

England’s possible route to Euro 2024

Group stage

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Sunday June 16 – Group C: Serbia vs England (Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen – kick-off 8:00pm UK time)

Thursday June 20 – Group C: Denmark vs England (Waldstadion, Frankfurt – kick off 5:00pm UK time)

Tuesday June 25 – Group C: England vs Slovenia (RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne – kick off at 8:00pm UK time)

England’s possible path to the final as group winners…

If all Euro 2024 results match the world rankings, England’s opponents in the knockout rounds would be…

Round of 16: Sunday, June 30: England vs Austria/Romania/Turkey (Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen)

Quarterfinals: Saturday, July 6 – England vs Italy (Merkur Spiel-Arena, Dusseldorf)

Semifinal: Wednesday, July 10 – France vs England; Kick-off at 8:00 p.m. (Westfalenstadion, Dortmund)

Final: Sunday, July 14 – Spain vs England; start at 8:00 p.m. (Olympiastadion, Berlin)

England’s possible path to the final as group runners-up…

If England finish second in Group C but all other Euro 2024 results go with world rankings, the Three Lions’ opponents in the knockout rounds would be…

Round of 16: Saturday, June 29 – Germany vs England (Westfalenstadion, Dortmund)

Quarterfinals: Friday, July 5 – Spain vs England (MHPArena, Stuttgart)

Semifinal: Tuesday, July 9 – England vs Holland; Kick-off at 8:00 p.m. (Allianz Arena, Munich)

Final: Sunday, July 14 – England vs France; start at 8:00 p.m. (Olympiastadion, Berlin)