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England announce provisional squad for Euro 2024; drop Marcus Rashford, Jordan Henderson

England manager Gareth Southgate announced a 35-member provisional squad for the upcoming Euro 2024 naming five uncapped players. But the former skipper Jordan Henderson failed to find a place despite heavily being involved in 2023 friendlies.

Written By: Sumeet Kavthale @sumeetkavthale New Delhi Updated on: June 02, 2024 20:53 IST
Jordan Henderson and Marcus Rashford
Image Source : GETTY Jordan Henderson and Marcus Rashford during the National League match against Croatia in Rijeka on October 12, 2018

England manager Gareth Southgate announced a preliminary 35-member squad for Euro 2024 on Tuesday, May 21. The former captain Jordan Henderson and Manchester United's star forward Marcus Rashford missed out on the team that shockingly features five uncapped players.

The Three Lions, the runner-ups at the 2020 edition, will be led by captain Harry Kane in the mega tournament in Germany starting on June 15. Even without Henderson and Rashford, England's squad looks strong to mount a title bid at Euro 2024.

Southgate's squad clearly reflects attacking talents with five uncapped players Curtis Jones, Jarell Quansah (both from Liverpool), Jarrad Branthwaite, Adam Wharton and goalkeeper James Trafford being part of a balanced team.

Southgate pointed out a poor season for Rashford and a fitness issue for Henderson to their snub for Euro 2024. Henderson, with 81 appearances for England, was a regular starter for Southgate's teams in Euro 2020 and FIFA World Cup 2022. 

"With Marcus, I just feel other players in that area of the pitch have had better seasons, it's as simple as that," Gareth Southgate said in the press conference. "Henderson has given himself every chance. The determining factor has been the injury he picked up around the last camp. He missed five weeks and just hasn't been able to get to the intensity in the games since then."

Meanwhile, there was no place for left-back Luke Shaw who has struggled with injuries throughout the 2023-24 season and is unlikely to return to the national side in the near future. 

England's provisional squad for Euro 2024:

Goalkeepers: James Trafford, Dean Henderson, Aaron Ramsdale, Jordan Pickford.

Defenders: Jarrad Branthwaite, Jarell Quansah, Luke Shaw, Marc Guehi, Ezri Konsa, Lewis Dunk, Joe Gomez, Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Kieran Trippier.

Midfielders: Adam Wharton, Kobbie Mainoo, Curtis Jones, Conor Gallagher, Declan Rice, Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Forwards: Ivan Toney, Ollie Watkins, Anthony Gordon, Harry Kane, Phil Foden, Cole Palmer, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, James Maddison, Jarrod Bowen, Eberechi Eze, Jack Grealish.

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