‘I still thought there would be a space for me’ – Maddison ‘devastated’ not to make final England squad

James Maddison admits he is “devastated” not to make the final England squad for the Euros and says he believed he would make the cut.

The Spurs midfielder has left Gareth Southgate’s squad after it was revealed that he would be one of the seven who would drop out of the 33-man training squad.

And on Twitter, Maddison said: “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.”

Liverpool youngster Curtis Jones is also one of those not to make the final squad.

The midfielder is uncapped by England but was included in the original training squad.

Southgate still faces a decision on the remaining five players to cut, with the final squad needing to be submitted on Friday.


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