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Phil Jagielka has named his England XI for Euro 2024 and fans are not happy

Phil Jagielka has named his England XI for Euro 2024 and fans are not happy

Fans aren't impressed.

Former Everton and Sheffield United defender Phil Jagielka has named his England XI for the first group stage match of this summer's Euro 2024 - and fans have been left divided.

Euro 2024 takes place this summer in Germany, with England finishing top of their qualifying group.

They have been drawn in Group C alongside Slovenia, Denmark and Serbia, with up to three teams qualifying for the knockout stages depending on the third-placed team's record in comparison to the other groups.

The Three Lions will be hoping to go one better than Euro 2020, when they lost to Italy on penalties in the final at Wembley.

The squad will likely not look too dissimilar to the one that competed in 2021, with Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice and John Stones all still set to lead the charge.

Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire will also be entrusted to potentially play key roles, with only the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tyrone Mings and Conor Coady appearing unlikely to book their plane seats this time around.

Jadon Sancho may also be able to work his way back into the England setup with a strong end to the season for Borussia Dortmund.

Either way, with under four months until the tournament kicks off, ex-players, pundits and fans are beginning to give a firmer view on which players Gareth Southgate should pick.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Jagielka - who picked up 40 caps for England, scoring three goals - named his England XI for the first group match against Serbia on June 16.

He said: "I think you put Pickford in goal. I don't think he's ever let England down.

"I'll pick Harry [Maguire] and John [Stones]. I'll pick them both, because it's proven.

"Right-back, Kyle [Walker], left-back probably Shaw.

"Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka and I'm going Rashford [as the front three].

In midfield, he chose Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham, and added: "At the moment, first game of the tournament, from my own personal experience, don't lose your first game of the tournament. Trust me. It's not a nice place to be. For me, I'd go a bit negative.

"I'd go either Rashford or Foden off the left, and I'd play Trent, because he [Southgate] likes him at the moment."

Jagielka's picks, including his non-selection of Phil Foden (even though he mentioned him as a possibility), got plenty of reaction from fans on social media.

One wrote: "Kobbie Mainoo has to start, he is head and shoulders above any other option England have for that third midfield position."

Another said: "The fact that Foden doesn't get in this (and probably Southgate's) starting XI is an absolute travesty."

A third exclaimed: "I'm a United fan, and Rashford should be nowhere near the first team, given his performance this season."

A fourth added: "Foden possibly been the best player in the PL this season so far."

And another wrote: "Luke Shaw hasn't played all year!"

Featured Image Credit: Getty / talkSPORT

Topics: England, Euro 2024, Gareth Southgate, Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford, Jude Bellingham, Fan Reactions