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England fans divided as Jack Grealish is axed from England squad: Man City star is named as one of the seven players missing out on Euro 24 after leading his team’s title winning celebrations with his boozy antics at nightclub and bus parade

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England fans are divided on Jack Grealish‘s omission from Gareth Southgate‘s  Euro 2024 squad after he was named as one of seven players cut from the original group.

There had been rumours Grealish would not make the cut along with Harry Maguire, who Mail Sport also predicted would miss out due to a calf injury. 

Southgate has now confirmed the Manchester City star will not be on the flight to Germany as he seemingly pays the price for a disappointing campaign with the Premier League winners.   

However, the decision to drop the 28-year-old winger has provided a mixed reaction from fans on social media, with some agreeing his performance this season justified him losing out, while others called the move ‘crazy’. 

It comes after Grealish has enjoyed a number of boozy celebrations since Manchester City won the league last month as he was seen almost falling off the top of the team’s open-top bus for their victory parade. 

Jack Grealish who has been omitted from Gareth Southgate ‘s Euro 2024 squad after he was named as one of seven players cut from the original group

Jack Grealish celebrates with his girlfriend Sasha Attwood after Manchester City won the Premier League

 Jack Grealish celebrates with his girlfriend Sasha Attwood after Manchester City won the Premier League

Grealish celebrates with a bottle of champagne during the Manchester City trophy parade on May 26, 2024

Grealish celebrates with a bottle of champagne during the Manchester City trophy parade on May 26, 2024

Jack Grealish is seen almost falling off the top of the team's open-top bus before fellow winger Jeremy Doku stuck out an arm to grab the 28-year-old

Jack Grealish is seen almost falling off the top of the team’s open-top bus before fellow winger Jeremy Doku stuck out an arm to grab the 28-year-old

Jack Grealish leaves the Manchester City party at Fenix restaurant and bar at 5am on Monday 20 May

Jack Grealish leaves the Manchester City party at Fenix restaurant and bar at 5am on Monday 20 May

Following the team announcement earlier this afternoon, England fans took to X to air their grievances about Grealish’s omission. 

Football writer and content creator Umir said: ‘Grealish omission, for his profile and what he offers in certain knockout game game states is crazy to me. 

‘Know he’s not been in the best of form league-wise but his ability to bring the ball upfield and win fouls as an outlet, top Top retention in high poss side v blocks too.’

Another upset fan, Rebekka, wrote: ‘Jack Grealish cut from England?! That’s insane.’

One X user pointed out Grealish’s ability to finish a game in the final few minutes, saying he is one of the best at keeping the ball and seeing the game out. 

They wrote: ‘If England are 1-0 up in the quarters/semis with 25 min to go, Southgate isn’t the type of manager to try and get a second. He’d rather keep the ball and see the game out, taking zero risks. I don’t think there are many better at that in the England squad than Jack Grealish.’  

Football and sports writer Amos Murphy said despite his form, Grealish deserved to go to the Euros based on his profile as a footballer. 

He wrote: ‘Jack Grealish didn’t deserve to go to Germany based on his form this season, but his profile is unlike any other in the squad. As dazzling as Eze, Gordon and Bowen are, they’re game-changers, not game-winners. Slender lead with 20 to play in a KO game, it’s Grealish you want.

However, other fans disagreed, including sports journalist Jay Motty, who said: ‘For a player with 3 goals in 20 PL games this season and 2 goals from 36 England caps, Jack Grealish has some unreal PR.’

Following the team announcement earlier this afternoon, England fans took to X to air their grievances about Grealish's omission

Following the team announcement earlier this afternoon, England fans took to X to air their grievances about Grealish’s omission

However, other fans disagreed, including sports journalist Jay Motty

However, other fans disagreed, including sports journalist Jay Motty

The announcement comes just over two weeks since Grealish nearly had a disaster as he came dangerously close to falling off the top of Manchester City’s parade bus on two separate occasions.

In a clip that appeared on X, Grealish was seen dancing with his hands in the air before the City bus continued the move forward and, thus, nearly throwing him off.

Luckily, fellow winger Jeremy Doku was on hand to catch the England international and guide him to safety at the top of the bus.

However, shortly afterwards, another video appeared on X which, once again, showed Grealish nearly falling off the top.

In this clip, which was taken from a fan’s perspective on the street, Grealish stood alongside Rodri at the top of the bus, as they sung along with fans.

But, as the bus set off, both players were jolted forward but, luckily, Spanish midfielder Rodri stuck an arm across Grealish to prevent him falling.

The likes of Phil Foden, Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne were also seen enjoying the festivities on the day.

As well as their Premier League title, City also showed off their Club World Cup title and their UEFA Super Cup title – which were claimed earlier in the campaign.

Jack Grealish holds a bottle during a trophy parade in Manchester, after City won their fourth successive Premier League title and their sixth in seven years

Jack Grealish holds a bottle during a trophy parade in Manchester, after City won their fourth successive Premier League title and their sixth in seven years

Grealish cheers with his teamates while holding a bottle of champagne during the Manchester City trophy parade on May 26, 2024

Grealish cheers with his teamates while holding a bottle of champagne during the Manchester City trophy parade on May 26, 2024

Jack Grealish (left) and Rodri (right) stand atop the Man City bus for their title parade

England star Grealish was saved from falling off the top by his Spanish team-mate

Jack Grealish (left) nearly fell off the top of Man City’s open-top bus for their title parade but was saved by team-mate Rodri (right), who stuck out an arm and caught the England star

Pep Guardiola, in traditional fashion, opted to celebrate on the team bus with a cigar

Pep Guardiola, in traditional fashion, opted to celebrate on the team bus with a cigar

Erling Haaland (left) watched on as Phil Foden enjoyed a drink during the raucous parade

Erling Haaland (left) watched on as Phil Foden enjoyed a drink during the raucous parade

City fans climbed upon scaffolding across the city to get a good vantage point for the parade

City fans climbed upon scaffolding across the city to get a good vantage point for the parade

Jack Grealish celebrates with his girlfriend Sasha Attwood after winning the UEFA Champions League final in 2023

Jack Grealish celebrates with his girlfriend Sasha Attwood after winning the UEFA Champions League final in 2023

Many had expected City to also claim the FA Cup title however, on Saturday afternoon, they were beaten 2-1 by rivals Man United in the final at Wembley. 

Grealish featured as an unused sub in the game which saw goals from Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo as well as City’s Jeremy Doku.  

The defeat just one day before their title parade clearly didn’t dampen spirits as the players and staff partied away on the bus.

Guardiola was seen with his trademark celebratory cigar – which he’s tended to do ever since claiming the first of their four consecutive league titles.

Meanwhile, the likes of Foden and Spanish midfielder Rodri were seen dancing away and drinking heavily as they enjoyed the celebrations.

Thousands of City supporters lined the streets in Manchester, despite the rain on the day, to cheer on the squad and witness the parade in person.

Some supporters were even seen climbing upon scaffolding across the city centre, as they looked to reach a vantage point to watch the parade unfold.

The celebrations came less than a week after Grealish’s boozy antics on the final day of the league when he was seen looking worse for wear as he stumbled out with minders following a celebratory meal at Fenix in Manchester.

Grealish wore a striking Gucci suit – a brand for which he is an ambassador – to the dinner and later posted a clip on his Instagram Stories of him singing the lyric ‘the rest is still unwritten’, while holding a drink and showing off his winner’s medal.

Grealish posted a video on his Instagram of him singing Natasha Bedingfield's Unwritten

Grealish posted a video on his Instagram of him singing Natasha Bedingfield’s Unwritten

Erling Haaland looks worse for wear as he leaves the Manchester City party in the early hours

Erling Haaland looks worse for wear as he leaves the Manchester City party in the early hours

Rodri leaves the Manchester City party at 5am after their Premier League victory

Rodri leaves the Manchester City party at 5am after their Premier League victory

Midfielder Phil Foden, 23, was also spotted arriving at the celebration after the match in which he scored twice

Midfielder Phil Foden, 23, was also spotted arriving at the celebration after the match in which he scored twice

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and his wife Cristina leave the party last night

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and his wife Cristina leave the party last night

Along with the players, many supportive partners attended the event, smiling at the success. 

Phil Foden’s girlfriend Rebecca Cooke was there – as well as his mother Claire Rowlands – while Rico Lewis was also seen holding hands with his partner, and Pep Guardiola’s wife Cristina was pictured.

The meal followed a 3-1 win over West Ham United to complete City’s sixth league success in seven seasons under their manager Pep Guardiola. 

Although Grealish did not come on during the game as he featured as an unused substitute during the title winning game. 

In fact he only featured for 10 minutes in City’s five games in May after being kept out of the team by youngsters Jeremy Doku and Phil Foden. 

Guardiola admitted that Grealish has struggled this season but told reporters he would be back to his best soon enough. 

The manager said: ‘He’s struggled this season and Jeremy has made an incredible step forward as everyone has seen in the last games. But Jack will be back at the level of last season, I’m pretty sure.’

Jack Grealish is pictured enjoying the sunshine with his girlfriend Sasha Attwood

Jack Grealish is pictured enjoying the sunshine with his girlfriend Sasha Attwood

Jack Grealish celebrates with his girlfriend and relatives after winning the UEFA Champions League final in 2023

Jack Grealish celebrates with his girlfriend and relatives after winning the UEFA Champions League final in 2023

Jack Grealish with his girlfriend Sasha during the FIFA World Cup 2022

Jack Grealish with his girlfriend Sasha during the FIFA World Cup 2022

Jack Grealish celebrates with his girlfriend whilst holding the Champions League trophy

Jack Grealish celebrates with his girlfriend whilst holding the Champions League trophy

Jack Grealish (pictured centre earlier today) has paid the price for his disappointing season at Man City where he made just ten Premier League starts on their way to a fourth straight title

Jack Grealish (pictured centre earlier today) has paid the price for his disappointing season at Man City where he made just ten Premier League starts on their way to a fourth straight title

Elsewhere, Liverpool midfielder Jones was also among the players to miss out on the final England squad for Euro 2024.

Jones joins Maddison who has also been told he won’t make the final cut.

The Anfield star was handed his first call up when Gareth Southgate named his provisional 33-man party for the tournament last month.

But he will miss out on travelling to Germany, as will Tottenham midfielder Maddison, who was widely viewed as one of the players at risk of missing out following a largely disappointing second half of the season.

It is understood Maddison was in line to play in Friday’s final warm-up fixture versus Iceland, but that will no longer be the case with Jarrod Bowen pushing to take his place in the team. Sources indicate Maddison’s decision to leave the squad on Wednesday is linked to Southgate’s decision to leave him out of the final party. 

ENGLAND’S EURO 2024 SQUAD 

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale, Dean Henderson

Defenders: John Stones, Marc Guehi, Ezri Konsa, Lewis Dunk, Joe Gomez, Kyle Walker, Luke Shaw, Kieran Tripper

Midfielders: Declan Rice, Conor Gallagher, Adam Wharton, Kobbie Mainoo, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jude Bellingham

Forwards: Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden, Cole Palmer, Anthony Gordon, Jarrod Bowen, Eberechi Eze, Harry Kane, Ollie Watkins, Ivan Toney

Excluded: Jack Grealish, Harry Maguire, James Maddison, Jarrad Branthwaite, James Trafford, Curtis Jones, Jarell Quansah

Grealish is one of a number of big players to miss out

Southgate has made some big decisions

Gareth Southgate (right) has cut some big-name players from the squad including Grealish 

Liverpool pair Curtis Jones and Jarell Quansah miss the cut after receiving their first England senior team call-up

Liverpool pair Curtis Jones and Jarell Quansah miss the cut after receiving their first England senior team call-up

Posting on X after news on his axeing broke on Thursday, Tottenham star 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.’

Maguire later posted: ‘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.

Both Maddison and Maguire posted statements on their social media accounts after the news broke

Both Maddison and Maguire posted statements on their social media accounts after the news broke

‘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.’

Southgate will speak to the press at 6pm on Thursday evening ahead of Friday night’s final warm-up game against Iceland. 

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