Violent Repercussions Following the Release of England's Final Euro Squad

Grealish is the Most Notable Case
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The England national team is in a state of shock just a week before Euro 2024 begins, following the announcement of the final squad list by coach Gareth Southgate.

Southgate has decided to exclude several notable players: Manchester City winger Jack Grealish, Manchester United defender Harry Maguire, Tottenham playmaker James Maddison, Liverpool duo Jarrell Quansah and Curtis Jones, Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford, and Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite.

Grealish's exclusion has garnered particular attention. Southgate explained that the 28-year-old winger would not be traveling to Germany for the Euros due to his disappointing season with Manchester City.

Reports indicate that one player spoke to Southgate in an attempt to understand the decision and explain it to his teammates, amidst a clear sense of solidarity with Grealish and widespread shock at his exclusion.

Grealish was reportedly upset and surprised by Southgate's decision. He had cut short his vacation after a challenging season with Manchester City to join the England camp early, aware that his spot was at risk from the start.

Grealish had hoped that this effort, combined with his impressive substitute appearance in the friendly match against Bosnia last Monday, would secure his place in the 26-man squad. Unfortunately, his efforts were in vain.

It is noteworthy that Grealish participated in 36 matches for City last season, scoring only three goals and providing three assists across all competitions.