Maddison leaves England camp as Liverpool pair also dropped

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James Maddison was 'disappointed' at his lack of game time for England.

James Maddison has predictably missed out on a place in England’s Euro 2024 squad after a poor performance against Bosnia on Monday.

We picked out Maddison as one of the seven players expected to miss out on a place in Germany.

The other six players we expected to be culled were Curtis Jones, Jarrell Quansah, Jarrod Bowen, James Trafford, Ollie Watkins and Lewis Dunk, and it has already emerged that Liverpool pair Jones and Quansah will also miss out.

Maddison was selected by Gareth Southgate as part of the 33-man training group gearing up for this summer’s shot at glory in Germany.

He was introduced as a 61st-minute substitute in Monday’s 3-0 friendly win against Bosnia and Herzegovina at St James’ Park and then travelled with the England squad to London.

The Tottenham attacking midfielder was pictured training with the group on Wednesday, but PA understands he is set to be among the seven players cut for the Euros and has reportedly now left the camp.

He was supposed to stay with England and potentially play against Iceland on Friday night but has gone home, seemingly removing England from his Instagram bio on the way.

Maddison went to the 2022 World Cup but did not make an appearance in Qatar and has won seven caps in total.

England face Iceland in their final pre-tournament friendly at Wembley on Friday evening, which finishes just over an hour before the 11pm deadline to submit the squad to UEFA.

Southgate’s final 26-man selection is scheduled to be announced on Saturday morning.

Jack Grealish’s place was perhaps in doubt but his performance against Bosnia was enough to claim a place.

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“We understand the significance for all of the players so we’re giving it the respect and attention it deserves to make fair, right decisions,” said Southgate after Monday night’s win.

“Of course, it’s always going to be subjective.

“It’s not just getting the best individuals in, there’s a positional element to that as well.

“We’ve got really good options and I think we’ve come through tonight without any physical issues, which is really important.”

Eberechi Eze also edged ahead of Maddison with his display on Monday night, with the Crystal Palace winger/midfielder sealing his place in the squad.

“Eze played with that freedom and swagger that he plays for his club with. It’s great to see a young player come into our environment and be able to do that,” said Southgate.

“You saw that ability to glide past people in the middle of the pitch and the power he has as well.”