James Maddison's hidden response to England snub after ruthless Gareth Southgate call

James Maddison is not part of England's squad for Euro 2024
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James Maddison has removed England from his Instagram bio after he was left out of Gareth Southgate's 26-man squad for this summer's European Championships.

The Tottenham midfielder was included in the 33-man preliminary 'training' squad ahead of two warm-up matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland. After those friendlies, Southgate is set to trim his squad down by seven players heading into the tournament and their first fixture on Sunday, June 16.

Maddison, 27, came off the bench in the 3-0 victory over Bosnia at St James' Park on Monday but has now left the camp after not being named in the final 26-man squad. Curtis Jones has also not been included by Southgate and both will not play any part against Iceland on Friday.

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And now, Maddison has appeared to remove England from his Instagram bio, which now reads as "Tottenham Hotspur #10". It will be no doubt by difficult for Maddison to watch Euro 2024 from home, believing that he could have had an impact as the Three Lions chase glory in Germany.

Eberechi Eze, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham, is one of the names who could be chosen instead of Maddison. The same applies for Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham and Cole Palmer after impressing this season. It's unfortunate for Maddison that he plays in a position which is so well-stocked with talent.

Maddison was called up to the England squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar following an impressive start to the season with Leicester. However, the Coventry-born midfielder failed to make a single appearance during the tournament before the Three Lions exited the competition in the quarter-final.

Having joined Spurs from Leicester last June, Maddison endured a mixed debut season with struggling for form after returning from injury in January. In fact, Maddison grabbed just two assists during his final 11 matches.

Jack Grealish, Jarrod Bowen and Anthony Gordon are among the others vying for a place in the final 26-man squad. Speaking when he named the preliminary group, Southgate said: "With this group, some of them might not be for this summer, but for the future as well. We've evolved as a team in every tournament. There are now a lot of changes from the last Euros, and from Qatar as well."