Why is Harry Maguire not in the England squad for EURO 2024 ?

Harry Maguire, a defender for Manchester United, has acknowledged that he was left out of England's final Euro selection.

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Harry Maguire has spoken out after being left out of England’s final Euro 2024 team. Maguire is one of seven players from England’s preliminary squad of 33 who did not make the final team.

When Southgate makes the announcement of his final team for the tournament in Germany, he is also expected to drop Jack Grealish, James Maddison, Curtis Jones, James Trafford, Jarell Quansah, and Jarrad Branthwaite.

Due to a calf injury, Maguire hasn’t played since April. He has been practicing separately from the rest of the England team in the hopes of making the tournament.

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However, he has already acknowledged that the Euros have arrived too quickly for him. On June 16, England will play Serbia in their opening game.

What did Harry Maguire say?

“I am devastated not to have been selected to play for England at the Euros this summer,” he posted on Instagram.

“Despite my best efforts, I have not been able to overcome an injury to my calf. Maybe I pushed myself too hard, to try and make it. Simply, I am absolutely gutted.

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“For me, representing England is the highest honour. It means everything to me. If I can’t help the team as a player, I will support them as a fan – along with the rest of the country. Go and win it boys.

“Next, I will return to the supervision of the Manchester United medical team in order to prepare for next season.”

“Trained well and worked hard all week but if I’m honest with myself, my form for Spurs when coming back 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 squad as I feel I bring something different & had been a mainstay in this whole qualifying campaign for Euro 2024 in Germany but the manager has made the decision and I have to respect that.

“I’ll be back, I have no doubt. Wishing the boys all the luck in the world out in Germany, unbelievable group and lads that I literally call some of my best friends. I genuinely hope football comes home.”

On Thursday night, Southgate is expected to formally announce his final 26-man Germany squad at a press conference.

On Friday night, England’s last warm-up encounter is against Iceland.

The Three Lions’ next group games are against Denmark on June 20 and Slovenia on June 25, following their initial group match against Serbia on Sunday.

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