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Why has James Maddison been dropped from the England squad?

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When Gareth Southgate named a 33-man provisional squad for Euro 2024, there was always going to be heartbreak for seven unlucky England stars.

With only 26 players able to travel to the tournament in Germany this summer, the Three Lions boss knew he would have to have some awkward conversations, the first of which came with Tottenham midfielder James Maddison.

The seven-cap international has been sent home from the England camp after failing to make the final squad, with Southgate preferring other options in the centre of the park as he aims to take the Three Lions a step further than at Euro 2020.

Here is why James Maddison missed out on Euro 2024.

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Maddison had stiff competition for his spot / Crystal Pix/MB Media/GettyImages

In many other years, someone of Maddison’s quality and ingenuity would be a shoo-in for selection at a major tournament. After all, it was only at the beginning of the 2023/24 season that pundits and supporters were waxing lyrical about the Tottenham star after a brilliant start to the campaign.

However, a significant injury halfway through the season and a slow return from the treatment room allowed others to leapfrog him in the pecking order for that number 10 role.

One of those who has done exactly that is the Premier League Player of the Season Phil Foden. The Man City forward was regularly utilised in central areas by Pep Guardiola en route to the league title, blossoming in a role where he could influence proceedings closer to the penalty area. His end of season form was simply superb.

And then there is the Premier League’s Young Player of the Season Cole Palmer. The Chelsea youngster enjoyed a truly remarkable campaign – often in a misfiring team – and finished up with 22 goals and ten assists playing behind a number nine or operating on the right flank. His versatility is another tick by his name, as is the case for Foden.

But arguably the main reason Maddison was deemed surplus to requirements was the incredible Jude Bellingham. Now a Champions League winner with Real Madrid, the 20-year-old was named La Liga’s Player of the Season and has shown his flexibility by playing in a box-to-box, number 10 and striker role.

James Maddison

Maddison struggled after injury / Visionhaus/GettyImages

After such a bright start to the campaign, Maddison simply wasn’t the same player once he returned from a two-month long ankle issue.

He produced three goals and five assists in the 11 Premier League games prior to his injury but managed just a single goal and…

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