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Marcus Rashford and Kobbie Mainoo left out as England's 'statistically best Euro 2024 squad' revealed

Marcus Rashford and Kobbie Mainoo left out as England's 'statistically best Euro 2024 squad' revealed

Some surprising names miss out.

England best possible Euro 2024 squad, based on key statistics, has been revealed by new data.

After the conclusion of the current international break, the Three Lions now have only two fixtures - friendlies against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland in June - before their Euro 2024 campaign gets underway.

Gareth Southgate's side have been placed in Group C for the tournament in Germany, where they will take on Serbia, Denmark and Slovenia.

That gives England stars around two months to stake their claim for selection, with competition likely to be fierce for spots in the final 23-man squad that Southgate must submit.

BetMGM have used Opta data to determine which 23 players should make the squad - solely based on statistics.

There are a number of surprises, with the data deciding that Brighton defender Lewis Dunk gets into the squad ahead of Everton's Jarrad Branthwaite.

Ben White, meanwhile, also gets in, with major doubts over whether the Arsenal defender will make himself available for selection.

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Luke Shaw and Kieran Trippier are listed as the left-back options, meaning no place in the squad for Ben Chilwell.

There is also no spot in the squad for AC Milan's Fikayo Tomori, while Crystal Palace's Marc Guehi - who is currently injured but will be back in time for the tournament - also surprisingly misses out.

Luton playmaker Ross Barkley is preferred to Kobbie Mainoo in holding midfield, with the former Everton star having been the only player to have more than 30 shots, create more than 30 chances and complete more than 30 tackles in the Premier League this season.

Mainoo's non-selection, though, is likely down to his relatively recent rise up the ranks in the Manchester United squad.


There is also no room for Jordan Henderson after a mixed campaign with Saudi Pro League side Al Ettifaq. Data shows that the midfielder, who is now at Ajax, is behind Conor Gallagher and James Maddison in the pecking order, with Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden the other three midfielders named.

In attack, meanwhile, Marcus Rashford misses out, with the data preferring Jack Grealish and Anthony Gordon on the left side of a front three. Gordon has been involved in 15 Newcastle goals this season.


The stats have also only selected two strikers, with Ollie Watkins preferred to Ivan Toney as captain Harry Kane's deputy.

The full squad is below:

  • Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), Nick Pope (Newcastle)
  • Defenders: Kyle Walker (Man City), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), John Stones (Man City), Ben White (Arsenal), Harry Maguire (Man Utd), Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Luke Shaw (Man Utd), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle)
  • Midfielders: Declan Rice (Arsenal), Ross Barkley (Luton), Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Phil Foden (Man City), James Maddison (Tottenham)
  • Forwards: Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Cole Palmer (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa), Jack Grealish (Man City), Anthony Gordon (Newcastle)
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Topics: Marcus Rashford, Kobbie Mainoo, Manchester United, England, Gareth Southgate, Ben White, Arsenal, Football, Fan Reactions