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Shockwaves in England camp as Southgate drops Grealish for Euro 2024

The exclusion of Jack Grealish from England’s Euro 2024 squad has sent ripples through the national team, sparking a mix of shock, anger, and disappointment among players and fans alike.

Gareth Southgate’s decision to omit the Manchester City star has raised eyebrows and questions about the rationale behind it.

Grealish, who played a crucial role in Manchester City’s treble-winning campaign last season, was expected to be a key player for England.

Despite limited appearances this season due to injuries and competition for places, his impressive cameo in England’s friendly against Bosnia, where he provided an assist, seemed to solidify his spot in the squad.

However, Southgate’s preference for a simpler squad setup, possibly to avoid media pressure and public clamor for Grealish’s inclusion, appears to be a significant factor in the decision.

“We just felt other players had stronger seasons, particularly in the last six months or so,” Southgate explained, emphasising the need for form and fitness over reputation.

The reaction within the squad has been intense. According to sources close to the team, many players were ‘upset, angry, and disappointed’ by the news.

The concern is that without creative talents like Grealish and James Maddison, the squad may lack the necessary spark to break down stubborn defenses during the tournament.

Grealish himself has been vocal about his aspirations with the national team, previously highlighting the squad’s immense talent and their readiness to win major trophies. “We feel now is the perfect time to succeed together,” he said, reflecting the optimism and belief within the camp.

As England prepares for their opening match against Serbia in Group C, Southgate’s choices will be under intense scrutiny. The hope is that the selected squad can deliver on the high expectations and bring glory to England in Euro 2024.

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