Former Bristol Rovers loanee misses out on England's final 26-man Euro 2024 squad

-Credit: (Image: Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Former Bristol Rovers loanee Jarell Quansah has missed out on a spot in England's final 26-man squad for the European Championships, with another six players set to be axed from Gareth Southgate's provisional squad.

The Three Lions boss named an initial 33-man squad ahead of warm-up friendlies against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland, which included Quansah, but can only take 26 players out to Germany for this summer's tournament.

Rather than wait until UEFA's deadline at 11pm tomorrow, the England boss decided to announce the final cut on the eve of the Wembley send-off. Jack Grealish and James Maddison have failed to make the cut, with the long-serving Harry Maguire failing in his battle to be fit for Germany.

Despite an outstanding breakthrough campaign for Liverpool, Quansah was never expected to make the final Euro 2024 squad with the 21-year-old uncapped for England at a senior level but has progressed through numerous England youth groups. He, along with fellow inexperienced trio Jarrad Branthwaite, Curtis Jones and James Trafford have not been selected.

Quansah made 33 appearances for the Reds last season, 17 of which coming in the Premier League, despite enduring a mixed loan spell in League One with Rovers the campaign prior.

He joined the Gas for the second half of the 2022/23 season and made 16 league appearances which coincided with a poor run of form over the final months of that campaign. The defender was sent off in a 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth but earned valuable experience of first-team football and evidently impressed outgoing Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp last summer in order to become a regular fixture in the Reds' squads last term.

Jarell Quansah made 16 appearances on loan at Bristol Rovers in the 2022/23 season -Credit:Dan Mullan/Getty Images
Jarell Quansah made 16 appearances on loan at Bristol Rovers in the 2022/23 season -Credit:Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Manchester City playmaker Grealish and Tottenham's Maddison made substitute appearances against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday but have both been told they will not be going to Germany.

Maddison wrote on social media: "Devastated doesn't quite cut it. 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."

Maguire could end up being a big blow given his importance to Southgate's side in the last three tournaments.
The 31-year-old defender picked up a calf injury in training in early May and Manchester United thought he could be back for the FA Cup final, but a slow recovery time ruled him out of that and now the Euros.

"I am devastated not to have been selected to play for England at the Euros this summer," Maguire posted on social media. "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.

"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."

Manchester United team-mate Luke Shaw looked more of a doubt having been laid low by a muscle injury of his own since mid-February, but the left-back will be on the plane to Germany.

Kobbie Mainoo, 19, is the youngest member of a group that includes fellow midfielder Adam Wharton, who impressed on his debut off the bench against Bosnia.

Southgate has taken Ivan Toney and Ollie Watkins as back-up to striker Harry Kane, who ended the season with a back complaint.

England are many bookmakers' pre-tournament favourites to win Euro 2024, having lost to Italy on penalties in the Euro 2020 final. The Three Lions begin their campaign next Sunday (June 16) against Serbia and will also face Denmark (June 20) and Slovenia (June 25) in the group stage.

Final England squad

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Crystal Palace), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)

Defenders: Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Kobbie Mainoo (Manchester United), Declan Rice (Arsenal), Adam Wharton (Crystal Palace)

Forwards: Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Anthony Gordon (Newcastle), Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), Cole Palmer (Chelsea), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Ivan Toney (Brentford), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)