James Maddison Addresses His Exclusion from England’s Euro 2024 Squad

James Maddison Addresses His Exclusion from England’s Euro 2024 Squad

James Maddison, the talented playmaker from Tottenham, has recently broken his silence following his exclusion from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming Euro 2024.

The announcement, which came on Wednesday night, revealed that Maddison would not be part of the final 26-man squad for the tournament set to begin next Friday. This news has left many fans and analysts surprised, given Maddison’s prominence and skill.

Maddison’s Honest Reflection

In the wake of this unexpected exclusion, Maddison took to social media to express his thoughts and feelings.

On X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, he shared his perspective with his followers. Maddison admitted, “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.”

Acceptance and Optimism

Despite his disappointment, Maddison showed a remarkable level of understanding and sportsmanship. He acknowledged that his recent form might have influenced Southgate’s decision, yet he had hoped there would still be a place for him in the squad.

“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,” he stated.

Support from Teammates and Fans

Maddison’s post garnered significant attention and support from his teammates and fans. Notably, Jude Bellingham of Real Madrid responded with a frustrated emoji, while Harry Maguire shared a series of heart emojis, showing their solidarity.

Former England international Danny Drinkwater also chimed in, offering words of encouragement: “Been there mate.. head up n enjoy the summer. Smash it again next season.”

Changes in the England Squad

Maddison’s exclusion is part of a broader adjustment as Southgate finalizes his squad. Initially included in a provisional 33-man team, Maddison was set to play in a final warm-up match against Iceland.

However, with Jarrod Bowen pushing to take his place, Maddison’s participation is no longer expected.

Alongside Maddison, Liverpool’s Curtis Jones has also been informed he will not be in the final squad. Jones, who received his first call-up in the provisional squad, will join Maddison on the sidelines.

Injury Concerns and Squad Finalization

In addition to these exclusions, the England team faces ongoing fitness concerns. Manchester United’s Luke Shaw, who has been recovering from a hamstring injury, has shown promising signs of recovery, providing a boost to the squad.

However, doubts remain about his availability for the tournament due to his prolonged inactivity. Similarly, Harry Maguire’s fitness is under scrutiny.

The Manchester United center-back, who has not played since April, is expected to miss the final warm-up game against Iceland due to a calf problem.

This uncertainty could impact his inclusion in Southgate’s final squad, potentially marking the first time Southgate enters a major tournament without Maguire.

Maddison’s Future and Determination

Despite the setback, Maddison remains optimistic about his future with the national team. He concluded his social media post with a positive note, expressing his unwavering support for his teammates and his determination to return stronger: “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.”

Looking Ahead

As England prepares for Euro 2024, the exclusion of key players like Maddison and the fitness concerns of others highlight the challenges Southgate faces in assembling his final squad.

Maddison’s response to his omission reflects his professionalism and dedication, qualities that will undoubtedly serve him well as he looks to regain his form and rejoin the national team in the future.