James Maddison: Tottenham midfielder reveals he is ‘devastated’ not to be part of England’s final squad for Euro 2024 | football news

James Maddison says he is “devastated” not to make England’s final squad for Euro 2024, adding that he feels he deserved a place because he “brings something different” to the team.

On Wednesday night, Tottenham’s Maddison became the first England player to be dropped from the 33-man provisional squad and left the camp, along with Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones.

Maddison tweeted on Thursday: “Devastated is not enough.

“I came in well and worked hard all week, but if I’m honest with myself, my form with Spurs when I returned from injury in the second half of the season probably wasn’t at the levels I had set, which gave Gareth a decision to make.

“I still thought there would be a space for me in a 26-man team because I feel like I bring something different and I had been a pillar throughout this qualifying campaign for Euro 2024 in Germany, but the coach made the decision and I have to do it.” . respect that.

“I’ll be back, I have no doubt. I wish the boys all the luck in the world in Germany, an amazing group and guys I literally call some of my best friends. I really hope football comes home.”

Gareth Southgate, England manager has to reduce its preliminary squad from 31 players to 26 at 11pm on Friday, about an hour after England’s final Euro 2024 warm-up match against Iceland at Wembley.

England will then begin their Euro 2024 campaign on June 16 against Serbia.

Maddison’s wait for a major tournament appearance for England continues. The Tottenham midfielder was part of the final squad for the 2022 World Cup, but failed to feature before the Three Lions’ quarter-final elimination.

Liverpool’s Jones, who also left the field, is yet to be selected by England.

‘Bad news for Maddison, good news for Grealish’

England's Jack Grealish salutes at the end of an international friendly soccer match between England and Bosnia and Herzegovina at St. James Park in Newcastle, England, Monday, June 3, 2024. England won 3-0.  (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Jack Grealish’s Euro 2024 hopes have been boosted

Rob Dorsett, senior reporter at Sky Sports News:

“The fact that Maddison is not on the team makes it seem likely that Jack Grealish will be inside. He and Maddison are considered straight left-wingers, as Maddison cannot play as a number 10 because he is competing with Judas Bellingham, Phil Foden and now Eberechi Eze.

“They are both very similar players in the sense that they attack defenders and win free kicks. This is a case of bad news for Maddison, good news for Grealish.

“It’s devastating for Maddison. I know how much he wants to play for England and how committed he is.

“Just look at what happened in Qatar in 2022: there was a huge clamor for him because he played so well. Southgate accepted it, but he suffered an injury and never recovered from it.

“He didn’t play a minute in the World Cup, but I’m told he was a fantastic influence in the camp. “His big smile was evident every day of the England camp.

“Southgate rates him but he hasn’t played well enough for Spurs to take a place in the most competitive position in the England team.”

Analysis: Maddison’s departure from England is no surprise

Sam Blitz from Sky Sports:

With three goals and five assists in his first nine Premier League games for Tottenham, Maddison was on course for Player of the Season, let alone a place in England’s Euro squad.

He was a favorite nine months ago but is now the first to be excluded from this expanded England group.

This is no surprise. His form has declined since that brilliant start for Spurs this season. The only Premier League goal contributions he made since March 10 came against Burnley and Sheffield United, while he was not given a starting role in a makeshift England line-up against Bosnia.

A three-month mid-season injury halted his progress, but his form has not recovered since, and there is an increasing pattern in Maddison’s seasons. Over the last five seasons, he started strong and then faded. That’s not ideal for a player hoping to participate in summer tournaments for his country.

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Perhaps the performances of Eze and Cole Palmer against Bosnia influenced Southgate’s thinking. Both players, who are hybrids of attacking midfielder and winger, impressed in the friendly and may have overtaken Maddison in the pecking order.

And with Bellingham and Foden world-class options on top of that, it means the player who so many clamored to make the 2022 World Cup squad, and snuck in at the last minute, is the first to be dropped from this World Cup squad. the Eurocup.

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