Euro 2024: Rashford, Sancho Headline Top 5 Stars Axed As Southgate Names England Squad

Euro 2024: Rashford, Sancho Headline Top 5 Stars Axed As Southgate Names England Squad

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
May 21, 2024 at 2:36 PM
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  • Gareth Southgate has announced his provisional squad for Euro 2024
  • He will trim his squad to 26 after two friendlies before the tournament
  • Sports Brief takes a look at the top five exclusions from England's team

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Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Jordan Henderson have been omitted from Gareth Southgate's provisional 33-man England squad for Euro 2024.

The Three Lions manager announced his squad for the pre-Euro camp on Tuesday, May 21, featuring some intriguing inclusions and notable absentees.

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Jadon Sancho, Jordan Henderson, and Marcus Rashford have been snubbed by England for the Euros. Photos by DeFodi Images, Soccrates Images and Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA.
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According to England Football, the Liverpool duo of Jarell Quansah and Curtis Jones received their first senior call-ups, while Crystal Palace midfielder, Adam Wharton, was also included.

However, some high-profile players were also left out, effectively ruling them out of the trip to Germany for this summer's Euros unless unforeseen circumstances arise in the coming weeks.

Based on this, Sports Brief examines the top five stars who were snubbed by Southgate as Euro 2024 approaches.

Top 5 stars excluded from England squad

5. Dominic Solanke

Unfortunately, Solanke won't have the chance to build on his lone England cap, despite his standout performance.

He's been in exceptional form for Bournemouth in the Premier League, scoring 19 goals and providing three assists, making him the third-highest English scorer in the league behind Cole Palmer and Phil Foden.

His profile could have been valuable, but competition from Harry Kane and Ivan Toney limited his chances.

4. Jordan Henderson

Henderson moved to Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia from Liverpool last summer but switched to a struggling Ajax side in January to boost his chances for the Euros.

Southgate continued to select him after his move to the Saudi Pro League, and he was included in the squad for the March friendlies against Brazil and Belgium, although he did not play.

However, the former Liverpool captain has been entirely overlooked for the European Championship and will rue his missed opportunity to make the trip to Germany.

3. Raheem Sterling

Sterling's presence on this list isn't unexpected, considering his track record and wealth of experience, which could have been valuable for the Three Lions.

However, a combination of poor form and injuries has led to his omission from Southgate's squad.

Given the quality of other attacking options available to England, it's understandable why the 29-year-old doesn't fit the current set-up.

2. Jadon Sancho

Perhaps Jadon Sancho has been unfairly treated by Gareth Southgate.

While his first half of the season at Manchester United was dismal, a return to Borussia Dortmund has reignited his form.

He played a crucial role in helping the Black and Yellows reach the Champions League final, where they beat a Kylian Mbappe-led PSG across two legs.

Sancho delivered an outstanding performance, becoming the first Englishman to complete 11 or more take-ons in a single UCL game, according to GOAL.

Unfortunately, England has an abundance of talent in his position, which likely explains his exclusion.

1. Marcus Rashford

The Manchester United forward is by far the most notable absentee from Southgate's provisional list.

Understandably, he has fallen down the pecking order at the club level, which explains his omission.

The 26-year-old has struggled for form this season, scoring eight goals and managing five assists in 42 appearances across all competitions - a significant drop from the 40 goals he contributed last season, per Transfermarkt.

Rashford played in seven England games this season before being left out against Belgium in March and has now been omitted from Southgate's training squad.

Eberechi Eze makes England squad

Sports Brief also highlighted that Nigeria-born forward, Eberechi Eze made England's provisional squad for the 2024 UEFA European Championship in Germany.

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder has enjoyed a stellar season with Crystal Palace in the Premier League, with 11 goals and four assists in 27 appearances.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.