England could come to regret James Maddison snub as worrying Tottenham omen revealed

England player  James Maddison looks on during the international friendly match between England and Bosnia & Herzegovina at St James' Park on June 03, 2024 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
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Tottenham star James Maddison has been left out of Gareth Southgate's 26-man squad for the European championships. The 27-year-old was a key figure in the qualifying campaign however his recent form, since returning from an ankle injury earlier this year, has flattered to deceive which is seemingly the reason for his omission.

Alongside Maddison, it was soon revealed that Liverpool duo Curtis Jones and Jarell Quansah were also among the players to have been cut. In the wake of England's official statement that both Maddison and Jones had left camp, the former posted a brutally honest statement of his own on social media.

"Devastated doesn’t quite cut it," he wrote. "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." Some of his Tottenham team-mates, including Pedro Porro and Pape Matar Sarr, were quick to offer their support with Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham seemingly left speechless by the decision.

On Thursday, it was revealed that Jack Grealish was another attacker to be omitted from the final squad with Harry Maguire, Jarrad Branthwaite, Harry Maguire and James Trafford as the others missing out. Southgate's decisions have already caused some disagreements but, in hindsight, his Maddison call could prove to be the worst with a worrying omen being revealed.

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The Tottenham midfielder missing out means no Spurs player has made the cut with the 2014 World Cup the last time that happened. In that year, the Three Lions finished bottom of their group and prior to that, the 1992 European championships was the last time Tottenham had zero representatives with England again finishing bottom of their group.

However, with Slovenia, Serbia and Denmark making up England's group, Southgate and his players are undoubtedly favourites to finish top.

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