Southgate explains Rashford, Henderson Euro 2024 snubs

England manager Gareth Southgate has explained his reasoning for snubbing Marcus Rashford and Jordan Henderson from his 33-man Euro 2024 training squad.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Three Lions boss revealed his preliminary squad for the tournament in Germany, which for England begins with a clash against Serbia on June 16.

Two friendlies against Bosnia-Herzegovina (June 3) and Iceland (June 7) lie in wait before England board the plane, and Southgate must axe up to 10 players from his final selection.

However, the former Middlesbrough head coach already raised eyebrows with a couple of notable omissions, leaving Rashford and Henderson – who have 141 senior caps between them – out of his training troupe.

Rashford shone for Manchester United during the 2022-23 campaign but has struggled to hit the same heights in the 2023-24 season, only managing eight goals and five assists in 42 games across all tournaments.

The 26-year-old was also reprimanded by his club for taking an unsanctioned trip to Dublin and subsequently missing training through an apparent illness, while his on-field attitude has also been criticised this season.

Asked in his press conference about his reasoning behind omitting Rashford, who has struck 17 goals in 60 games for his country, Southgate simply explained that other attackers have were more impressive in 2023-24.

“These are of course difficult calls. You are talking about players that are very important players. With Marcus, in that area of the pitch, I feel that other players have had better seasons, it’s as simple as that,” the England boss said.

With Rashford watching on from home, the likes of Anthony Gordon, Eberechi Eze, Cole Palmer and James Maddison have benefitted from his absence to earn training call-ups, while Jack Grealish is included despite his own troubles this season.

As well as Rashford, 81-cap midfielder Henderson has also been overlooked for the European Championships after his Saudi Pro League saga and subsequent move back to Europe with Dutch giants Ajax.



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