Jamie Carragher calls out England Euro 2024 decision on Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite

Jarrad Branthwaite has been left out of the England squad for Euro 2024
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Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite has been left out of the 26-man England squad for Euro 2024.

The 21-year-old, who was included in the 33-man provisional training camp after an excellent campaign with the Toffees, came on for the final 28 minutes during their 3-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday. He impressed throughout his time on the pitch, showing the qualities he has all season long.

However, Gareth Southgate has now decided to cut Branthwaite from his squad ahead of their final warm-up game against Iceland at Wembley on Friday. It means the former PSV loanee will not play any part at this summer's Euros, despite being a key figure of the fourth-best defence in the Premier League.

Branthwaite is one of seven players brutally left out of the 26-man England squad, with Tottenham's James Maddison, Manchester United's Harry Maguire, Manchester City winger Jack Grealish, Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford and Liverpool duo Jarell Quansah and Curtis Jones the others.

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Ex-Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher believes Branthwaite should have been on the plane. He tweeted: "Lots of bigger names than Jarrad Branthwaite have missed out on the @England squad, but he should’ve been picked to go to @EURO2024, he’s England’s present & future."

Lewis Dunk, Marc Guehi, John Stones, Ezri Konsa and Joe Gomez are the five recognised centre-backs that have been selected by Southgate for the tournament. England get their Euro 2024 campaign underway with a group fixture against Serbia on Sunday, June 16, before facing Denmark and Slovenia.

After the win over Bosnia at St James' Park, Southgate admitted the difficulty it will be for him to trim his 33-man squad by seven more players. He said: "It’s a decision that we understand the significance of for all of the players, so we’re giving it the respect and consideration it deserves, really, to make fair, right decisions.

"Of course, it’s always going to be subjective and we’ve got to balance what we need in every area of the pitch as well, so that’s the added complication.

"It’s not just getting the best individuals in. There’s a positional element to that as well. But we’ve got really good options and I think we’ve come through tonight without any physical issues, which was really, really important."