Kyle Walker Admits Manchester City Teammate Jack Grealish Deserves England’s Euro 2024 Snub

Kyle Walker Admits Manchester City Teammate Jack Grealish Deserves England’s Euro 2024 Snub

Elijah Odetokun
June 15, 2024 at 9:44 AM
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  • Jack Grealish was one of the regular internationals excluded from England's Euro 2024 preliminary 33-man squad
  • The Manchester City star was dropped, while other wingers, Anthony Gordon and Eberechi Eze, were selected
  • His City teammate and England vice-captain Kyle Walker has commented on the former Aston Villa winger's exclusion

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Jack Grealish was excluded from the England national team's squad for the 2024 European Championship, and one of his club teammates appears to hint that he deserved it.

Gareth Southgate named a preliminary 33-man squad, which was reduced to 26 after the international friendlies against Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Iceland.

Jack Grealish, Kyle Walker, Manchester City, West Ham, Etihad Stadium, Premier League.
Jack Grealish and Kyle Walker celebrating Manchester City's Premier League title win at the Etihad Stadium on May 19, 2024. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP.
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One of the high-profile omissions was Grealish and Tottenham Hotspur forward James Maddison. Both raised questions in the English media, and the players expressed disappointment.

Walker comments on Grealish's snub

Manchester City and England vice-captain Kyle Walker has broken his silence on the exclusion of his teammate, and his comment has not gone down well with the fans.

“Was I shocked when Jack was left out? Shocked because I know what Jack can do… I think Jack would be the first one to say he could have had a better season. I think he’s come out publicly and said he could have had a better season…” he told ITV Sport.
“You’re here on merit. And I believe it should always be like that. You’re in this team because you’ve played well for your club which then puts you into the England fold.”

The comments were looked at in a bad light by the fans of the English champions, who claimed their captain should not have said that about his teammate.

According to The Athletic, the 28-year-old was upset at his exclusion, having done everything possible in camp and during the friendlies to prove he deserved a spot on the plane to Germany.

Comparing Grealish's stats to other English wingers

Sports Brief analysed Jack Grealish's stats with Manchester City in comparison to other wingers selected by Southgate in England's squad for Euro 2024.

The former Aston Villa wingman had the lowest numbers in terms of goals and assists last season, with others posting better stats, including Eberechi Eze and Anthony Gordon.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.