Former Sheffield United man 'devastated' at Euro 2024 drop-out

Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker are just two of an incredible 39 Sheffielders who have gone on to represent the England mens football team (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker are just two of an incredible 39 Sheffielders who have gone on to represent the England mens football team (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker are just two of an incredible 39 Sheffielders who have gone on to represent the England mens football team (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
The names of those England players to have been cut from the provisional squad have dripped out and Harry Maguire is among them

Sheffield-born Harry Maguire will not be in the England squad for this summer’s European Championships after being cut from the provisional squad due to injury.

Former Sheffield United man Maguire has spent periods of this season on the sidelines at Manchester United through injury and was unable to take part in last month’s FA Cup final win for the Red Devils over rivals Manchester City.

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England boss Gareth Southgate wasn’t due to name his final squad until Saturday but names began to leak out on Wednesday night, with Tottenham’s James Maddison the first to be revealed.

Since then, Maguire was added to the list, as he confirmed himself on social media, and Liverpool’s Curtis Jones and Jarell Quansah were also expected to be added according to various national reports. Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford is also set to omitted from the original squad but perhaps more surprisingly, Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite and Man City’s Jack Grealish are the other two expected to be missing out.

Maguire, who came through Sheffield United’s academy before eventually becoming one of the world’s most expensive defenders after joining Manchester United from Leicester City, has won 63 caps since making his senior England debut against Lithuania in 2017.

He posted on his various social media channels: “I am devastated not to have been selected to play for England at the Euros this summer. 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.

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“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.”

Sheffield’s representation will be taken on solely by another former United starlet in Man City’s Kyle Walker, alongside Barnsley-born clubmate John Stones. Two former Blades goalkeepers, Dean Henderson and Aaron Ramsdale are also in the squad.

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