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England aces 'shocked by Grealish omission as senior star approaches Southgate'

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ENGLAND stars have been “left shocked” by Jack Grealish’s Euro 2024 omission.

Grealish, 28, was one of seven players to be omitted by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate earlier today.

Jack Grealish has been cut from Gareth Southgate's Euro 2024 squad

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Jack Grealish has been cut from Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2024 squadCredit: Getty
Gareth Southgate explained his decisions earlier today

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Gareth Southgate explained his decisions earlier todayCredit: Getty

The Manchester City star joined James Maddison, Curtis Jones, Jarell Quansah, James Trafford, Harry Maguire and Jarrad Branthwaite in being axe from the provisional 33-man squad.

According to the Telegraph, Southgate’s decision to drop Grealish has been met by disbelief from members of the England camp.

They claim that one senior player has even approached the Three Lions boss regarding the decision.

And their report adds that it is Grealish’s omission that has prompted the most surprise from England stars.

On leaving Grealish out, Southgate said earlier today: “All the players took the decisions respectfully and all the players believe they should be in, that’s why they’re all top players with that mindset.

“We have some players that have performed extremely well this season and other players have had stronger seasons.

“In the attacking positions we’re blessed with a lot of options and Madders and Jack give us something different.

“They were tough calls, but we back our decisions but recognise we could’ve gone a different route. It was sad to have to deliver that news to them.”

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Grealish featured for England at Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup.

He has earned 36 caps, the most recent of which came as a substitute on Monday against Bosnia.

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Harry Maguire

“The decision on Harry [Maguire] is totally about his physical condition and his recovery from the injury. There is no other reason as he is one of our strongest centre-backs.

“Harry has made some progress, but it’s been complicated and we wouldn’t have had him in the group stages. There were too many hurdles to get through without being clear where we might get to.

“Knowing we haven’t got a clean bill of health across the rest of the backline, we need players who are fit and ready to go from the start.

“It was a really difficult call, you know how I feel about Harry, what he’s done for England and for me as a manager. “

Jack Grealish

“I have just delivered a really difficult conversation to a lad who is devastated.

“I think the world of him as a kid.“It certainly doesn’t get any easier.

“You put yourself in the shoes of a player, a parent. You understand that for these players this is a devastating moment.

“We knew we had a couple of really difficult days coming up.”

James Maddison

“Madders [Maddison] and Jack [Grealish] would have provided us with something different as well and they’ve been tough calls.

“They’re calls we’ve gone over and over and over as a group of staff to try to be fair and to try to use the right rationale.

“We back our decisions but we recognise we could have gone a different route. The boys are big characters, fabulous team-mates and great boys to work with.

“It’s sad to have to deliver that news to them.”

Jarrad Branthwaite

“It’s a bit early for Jarrad [Branthwaite]. He has had a fabulous season, it was good to get him on the pitch the other night.

“But of course, in an ideal world, you’d like that balance of left-footers. For him to be in ahead of the others, I don’t think it would have been the right call at this stage.”

Jarell Quansah

“Jarell Quansah has stayed with us. He’s not had the experience of an England international at Wembley. It’ll be great for him to be us for the game.

“Hopefully we’re not needing to call anyone else in.”

The attacking midfielder made a half-hour cameo from the bench in the St James’ Park friendly, assisting Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s goal.

Grealish is claimed to have been “stunned and upset” by his axing.

He is said to have been visited by team-mates in the aftermath of the news, before one senior dressing room figure spoke to Southgate.

It is also claimed that, while there was no heated row or argument, the senior player wanted an explanation that he could tell the rest of the team.

Grealish started just ten times in the Premier League last season, making a further ten appearances from the bench.

He scored three times and laid on a single assist as City claimed another Premier League crown.

His successful cameo against Bosnia made many in the England camp think he would survive the cull.

Liverpool ace Quansah will remain with the team as a standby player.

Explaining the situation, Southgate said: “Jarell Quansah has stayed with us.

“I think he’s not had the experience of an England international at Wembley.

“So I think that would be great for him to be with us for the game.”

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And his decision to axe Jack Grealish, as well as James Maddison, is further evidence of the Three Lions chief being unafraid to take big decisions with big-name players. 

Harry Maguire is also among the seven players left out for the squad to travel to Germany for the Euros, although the decision to omit the Manchester United centre-back is based on his failure to recover from injury. 

Southgate is, more than ever, picking on form.

Attacking midfielders such as Eberechi Eze, Jarrod Bowen, Cole Palmer and Anthony Gordon have been rewarded with call-ups for their excellent Premier League form, while Marcus Rashford, Maddison and Grealish all get the chop.

While the England boss is often regarded as an over-cautious nice guy, he took big decisions in getting rid of the likes of Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart and Chris Smalling at the start of his reign. 

Southgate also jettisoned Raheem Sterling last year after the Chelsea man had been a regular starter throughout most of his reign. 

And Jordan Henderson was left out of the 33-man preliminary squad having been a stalwart for Southgate throughout his previous three tournaments.  

Grealish has been a cause celebre for England fans – who have often accused Southgate of holding an agenda against him. 

But he has struggled for game-time with Manchester City all season, just as Maddison has been off-form since returning from injury at Spurs.

This is a bold changing of the guard from Southgate, who has relied heavily on Maguire, Henderson, Sterling and Rashford throughout his time in charge, while Grealish and Maddison are both popular flair players who fully expected to make the 26-man party for Germany.

Burnley keeper James Trafford, the Liverpool duo of Curtis Jones and Jarrell Quansah and Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite make up Southgate’s seven-man cull along with Grealish, Maddison and Maguire. 

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