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The seven players most at risk of being cut from England's preliminary squad for Euro 2024

The seven players most at risk of being cut from England's preliminary squad for Euro 2024

England have named their preliminary Euro 2024 squad.

England manager Gareth Southgate will cut down his 33-man provisional Euro 2024 squad to 26 players by the time the tournament gets underway next month.

The Three Lions boss named his initial squad on Tuesday afternoon, with a series of high-profile names, such as Jordan Henderson, Reece James and Marcus Rashford, all left out.

Five uncapped players were named, including Liverpool duo Jarell Quansah and Curtis Jones and Crystal Palace's Adam Wharton.

And while there will be bad news for seven players upon the June 7 deadline for submitting the final squads, Southgate has signalled an intent to refresh his squad beyond the tournament with his current picks.

Here are the seven players that, at this stage, appear most at risk of potentially being cut from the squad.

James Trafford (Burnley)

One of four goalkeepers in the 33-man provisional squad, James Trafford was replaced by Arijanet Muric as Burnley's first-choice goalkeeper in March and hasn't played since.

The 21-year-old has plenty of potential and won the U21 European Championship with England last summer, but Euro 2024 might come slightly too soon.

Jarell Quansah (Liverpool)


Jarell Quansah's fine form for Liverpool was rewarded with his maiden England call-up by Gareth Southgate on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old, though, is one of seven centre-backs named in the squad, and his lack of tournament experience compared to other squad members might count against him at this stage.

Lewis Dunk (Brighton)

Lewis Dunk has been a regular fixture in England squads for several years, but was part of a Brighton defence that conceded 62 Premier League goals this season.

While the 32-year-old possesses undoubted and proven quality, he struggled during England's 2-2 draw with Belgium in March and may be considered expendable by Southgate.

Jarrad Branthwaite (Everton)

Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite pictured (

Jarrad Branthwaite earned a call-up to the England squad in March as a reward for his fine form with Everton.

However, the 21-year-old didn't play a minute in either friendly against Brazil and Belgium. He has since continued his strong form, though, and scored in a 2-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield - but he might be one of the eight centre-backs to be cut.

Curtis Jones (Liverpool)

Curtis Jones was one of six midfielders named by Southgate, with many seeing the Liverpool man as a replacement for Jordan Henderson.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed another fine season at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp, but remains uncapped and his time could come after the tournament instead.

Adam Wharton (Crystal Palace)

Crystal Palace midfielder Adam Wharton pictured (

Adam Wharton is another young midfielder to have earned a deserved maiden call-up to the England squad following his superb form for Crystal Palace.

Having signed from Championship side Blackburn for £20 million in January, Wharton has seamlessly adapted to Premier League football and is undoubtedly an England star of the future. Whether he appears at Euro 2024, though, remains to be seen.

James Maddison (Tottenham)

James Maddison had a blistering start to the season for Tottenham after signing from Leicester, but was then left on the bench for two of Spurs' final five Premier League fixtures.

The 27-year-old is an undoubted gamechanger, but will find it difficult getting into the England team ahead of the likes of Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham and Cole Palmer.

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Topics: England, Euro 2024, Football, Gareth Southgate