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Marcus Rashford left out of England squad

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Rashford has scored just eight times in 42 appearances for his club this season and only recently returned from injury.

Marcus Rashford (left) of England interacts with head coach of England, Gareth Southgate during the FIFA World Cup 2022 group B soccer match against Wales at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 29 November 2022. Picture: EPA, Georgi Licovski

Marcus Rashford paid for his poor season as the Manchester United forward was left out of England boss Gareth Southgate’s provisional 33-man squad for Euro 2024 on Tuesday.

Former Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Chelsea skipper Reece James were among the other big names to miss out on the squad that must be trimmed to a maximum of 26 before the tournament in Germany begins.

Crystal Palace’s Adam Wharton is rewarded for the Eagles’ brilliant end to the Premier League season with his first call-up.

Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite and Liverpool duo Jarell Quansah and Curtis Jones are the other uncapped players selected with Southgate short of defensive options.

England face Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 3 and Iceland four days later before jetting off for Germany, where they are one of the favourites to win the tournament.

The wealth of options available to Southgate in attacking areas means Rashford misses out on a major international tournament for the first time since the 2014 World Cup.

Rashford has scored just eight times in 42 appearances for his club this season and only recently returned from injury.

Henderson’s move to Ajax in January after a short spell in Saudi Arabia has not done enough to earn the 33-year-old a place.

The same goes for Jadon Sancho despite his renaissance on his return to Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund on loan from United.

Raheem Sterling and Kalvin Phillips were also overlooked despite shining for Southgate in the past at major tournaments.

AFP

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