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Jarrad Branthwaite has been overlooked by Gareth Southgate for this summer's European Championship Finals, with the young Everton star not included in the final 26-man squad.

Branthwaite was selected in the provisional England squad last month and was handed his first cap in the friendly win over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Monday evening but he will not be on the plane to Germany this summer for Euro 2024.

The 21-year-old misses out despite the fact that Harry Maguire won't make the tournament because of a calf injury and Liverpool defender Jarred Quansah has also not been selected.

Brighton centre-half Lewis Dunk has been chosen in Branthwaite's place, while the likes of James Maddison and Jack Grealish have also been omitted.

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It means that Jordan Pickford will be Everton's sole representative for the Three Lions at the Euros while Amadou Onana has been picked by Belgium and Vitalii Mykolenko remains hopeful of being able to turn out for Ukraine as he recovers from damaged ankle ligaments sustained in the Merseyside derby win in April.

Full England squad for Euro 2024:

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale

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

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

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


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Paul Turner
1 Posted 06/06/2024 at 16:28:34
BBC Sport quoting the Daily Fail as saying our Jarrad is not part of the 26-man squad...
Kieran Kinsella
2 Posted 06/06/2024 at 16:28:48
The Sun claim Branthwaite is the final one to be cut.

Weird decision to me given Maguire is also out and the other centre-backs aren't exactly very good.

Kieran Kinsella
3 Posted 06/06/2024 at 16:34:45
It has that feel of past tournament selection controversies.

Bringing along injured players (Shaw and Kane) as we did with Rooney before. Leaving out creative but out-of-form Grealish versus Gascoigne.

Then a handful of duds who you wonder why they were even under consideration to start with (Konza, Dunk etc).

I am sure if Branthwaite played for Spurs he'd be on the plane. And so would Tarkowski for that matter.

Ian Jones
4 Posted 06/06/2024 at 16:34:54
Shame for him but probably a little too early in his career.

However, the defence is apparently the least impressive part of the England team so would have thought he'd have been a useful addition to the squad.

He'll be one for the furure.

Jim Bennings
5 Posted 06/06/2024 at 16:40:22
Being honest, the best this mediocre bunch of England players can hope for is a Quarter-Final at best.

They've relied on Kane for about 8 years, now bailing them out, and if he has a poor tournament, you can't see much happening.

Kieran Kinsella
6 Posted 06/06/2024 at 16:44:41
Amazing all the players left out. The 26-man squad of rejects would be:

Pope, Trafford, Butland

James, Chilwell, Branthwaite, Maguire, Tarkowski, Dier, Tomori, Lewis, Quansah

Henderson, Maddison, Loftus Cheek, Barkley, Longstaff, Tom Davies

Calvert-Lewin, Rashford, Sterling, Grealish, Abraham, Sancho, Greenwood, Wilson

Jack Convery
7 Posted 06/06/2024 at 16:56:01
England's loss.

Have a good holiday Jarrad, you deserve it. We love you and that's all that counts.

Tell ManUtd to do one too – you know it makes sense.

Paul Ferry
8 Posted 06/06/2024 at 16:59:42
Lewis plodder Dunk rather than Jarrad, star of the future, who would benefit hugely from being in the camp (and is faster, a better passer, and an equal goal threat) Branthwaite?!

The sooner Southgate hangs up his dinky little waistcoat for a season at decrepit leaky Old Trafford the better.

Southgate/England feels a little like Dyche/us to me, except for the important distinction that we need Dyche at the moment and St George does not need the hapless Harrogate dull grey toad.

Mind you, Ingerlaund means as much to me as rice pudding ("The Final: Attack on Wembley" with its Shropshire and Essex mongs was the final nail in the coffin for me).

Jarrad Branthwaite, on the other hand, means everything.

Colin Glassar
9 Posted 06/06/2024 at 17:05:52
Not surprising for me. Southgate is an unimaginative idiot in my opinion. England has been blessed with several “golden generations” over the years but cursed with mediocre and cowardly managers.

Greenwood, Capello, Erickson, Wally, Hodgson, and now Southgate — all useless and cowards. Playing with their favourites even injured and out of position..

Like I said, we had the players, eg, Brooking, Robson, Curry, Hoddle, Gaza, Shearer and more recently, Lampard, Cole, Rooney etc… but bottlers at the helm.

I'd leave out Joe Mercer, Bobby Robson and Glenn Hoddle as our best managers since the World Cup win.

Jarrad's better off home out of view.

Mike Hayes
10 Posted 06/06/2024 at 17:17:01
Won't need to be involved in the train wreck of England. He's got enough at Everton!
Barry Cowling
11 Posted 06/06/2024 at 17:21:44
Pretty much agree with you, Colin, but I think Terry Venables should be in there.

I am surprised Branthwaite isn't included but Dunk is, that is mind-boggling, but at least he won't get injured.

Ian Jones
12 Posted 06/06/2024 at 17:22:43
Well, it's not official yet that our man is out. Guess we'll know at 5:30 today.

Seems the squad is being announced early.

Neil Lawson
13 Posted 06/06/2024 at 17:31:02
Very disappointed for Branthwaite but relieved that he will be safe and well away from potential injury and away from those who would seek to influence his thinking.

On a football level, the decision is ridiculous. Comparing Dunk and Gomez to Branthwaite is like comparing the Chuckle Brothers to Morecambe or Wise.

Clearly Southgate has a cunning plan utilising one, possibly two quality centre-backs, one fit full-back, one who is injured and one who is past it.

Poor Jordan had better be on his mettle cos he is going to see a lot of the ball.

Colin Glassar
14 Posted 06/06/2024 at 17:33:40
Barry, I knew there was one I was missing.

El Tel was a great manager and was robbed at the Euros ‘96.

Les Moorcroft
15 Posted 06/06/2024 at 17:34:25
Did we want him in the shop window yet?
Michael Lynch
16 Posted 06/06/2024 at 17:36:46
It's a weak looking defence. Not much chance of England winning this tournament, despite the abundance of riches further up the pitch.

I know I'm wearing blue tinted glasses, but the best pair of English central defenders in the Premier League this season is surely Branthwaite and Tarkowski? Hardly conceded any goals, never get injured, a menace in the opposing box, and they understand the idiosyncrasies of Pickford.

Imagine the spine of Everton's defence, with the likes of Bellingham, Rice, Saka, Kane and Foden in front of them? Title winners.

Andrew Keatley
17 Posted 06/06/2024 at 17:38:23
Southgate is an actual moron.

Taking both Joe Gomez and Ezri Konsa is just doubling up on a right-footed utility defenders who will never start a game unless there is a complete injury nightmare. It should have been one of those two and Branthwaite in the squad.


Edward Rogers
18 Posted 06/06/2024 at 17:38:40

Watch him put Walker at centre-back so he can shoe-horn Alexander-Arnold (I refuse to call him 'Trent') in at right-back.


Brian Harrison
19 Posted 06/06/2024 at 17:39:42
I think Jarrad would have known he had little chance of Southgate including him in the final 26, after all he didn't give him a minute during the last 2 internationals he was in the squad for.

And seeing as Southgate selected Dunk and Guehi to start the other night I think the writing was on the wall.

I think seeing this was his first full season playing in the Premier League, he will benefit from going on holiday and putting his feet up rather than being an unused squad player.

Kieran Kinsella
20 Posted 06/06/2024 at 17:41:39
Even putting Branthwaite to one side, Dier -- experienced England international, in-form, just played in the Champions League semi, or Tomori of AC Milan, are far better options than Dunk or Gomez.

Is Gomez there just to maintain the RS quota?

Andy Crooks
21 Posted 06/06/2024 at 17:48:27
I guess he must be disappointed but he'll captain England one day and I have a feeling that he won't be missing a medal.

I would love Southgate to be the next Man Utd manager. I feel it would be a source of great joy.

Mark Taylor
22 Posted 06/06/2024 at 17:50:13
For all the talent up front, that's very weak at the back, relying most likely on playing people out of position, and in the case of the left-back, not getting injured. One lame left-back, but as many as 5 right-backs. Right…

Southgate, as we all know, is pretty useless and will be toast if he ever tries club management again, but at least there won't be a chance for other squad players to tap up Jarrad.

David Bromwell
23 Posted 06/06/2024 at 17:51:16
Strange decision given that Maguire will be missing. I would have thought that Stones and Braithwaite would have made a perfect partnership.

However, being selfish it's probably best for us.

Kevin Molloy
24 Posted 06/06/2024 at 17:53:53
The best centre-back prospect I've seen at Everton.

Of course that useless get wasn't going to pick him.

David Reed
25 Posted 06/06/2024 at 17:56:05
Can't argue with Michael's (14) logic. Southgate is saying that Dunk has had a better season than Jarrad – plonker… and yes Tarkowski would have been an excellent squad member.

Silver lining is they'll be fitter and ready for next season.

Andy Crooks
26 Posted 06/06/2024 at 17:56:18
Edward @16,

No need to ever call him Trent. Cunt is more appropriate.

Brian Williams
27 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:01:47
Pisses me off bigtime when that player's referred to as Trent.

I agree with Andy 100%.

I'd have said 110% but people who say that piss me off as well.

I'm seething Branthwaite is not part of the squad.

Southgate's a knobhead!

Paul Hewitt
28 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:06:22
So Jarrad was part of a defence that was the 4th best in the league, and only Arsenal kept more clean sheets.

Southgate has not got a clue.

Colin Glassar
29 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:06:44
Branthwaite would've been a shoo-in if he played for a “fashionable” club.

Just look at all the stick Pickford gets from the Ramsdale-loving pundits.

Brian Williams
30 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:07:22
I hope England concede loads of goals from mistakes by the centre-backs and get knocked out early.

Anyone who watched Jarrad Branthwaite this season couldn't fail to see that he is England's left-sided centre-back for the next 8 years or more.

Jay Harris
31 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:12:19
So sorry for Jarrad but it means he won't be subject to injury or tapping up but how the hell do Trippier and Gomez make the squad??? They are worth at least a goal a game to the opposition between them.

Only two players from Man City and three from Arsenal (if you include Ramsdale) tells you all you need to know about the standard of English footballers.

Christy Ring
33 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:13:50
That's why England will win nothing under Southgate, he hasn't got the killer instinct.

He picks Konsa, who has played at full-back in the last couple of months for Villa, Gomez who's a Red Shite reserve, Shaw hasn't played since February and Arnold who can't defend is now a defensive midfielder.

He said in his press conference now, how great they played against Bosnia, who are Bosnia again? Branthwaite and Tarkowski have had a superb season, and the only left-sided centre-back is Jarred and he picks Gomez who's played no games at centre-back for England.

Stones plays in midfield for Man City, and 4 centre-backs are right-footed, and the only reason Maguire isn't picked is because he's injured… enough said!

Karl Meighan
34 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:24:31
Branthwaite would have been a fine option on the left of Stones and Walker playing in a back 3.

Alexander-Arnold is a good player and certainly an excellent option as wingback. Picking him as a midfielder is strange.

If Guardiola had never moved Lahm and others from full-back to midfield, this Southgate would not even be considering it.

Anthony Dove
35 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:27:04
Too angry to post anything printable. Gomez!!!!!!!
Mike Hayes
36 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:28:30
On the plus side, he won't be tapped up and away from possible injury.

Downside, he'll be gutted and (a big) if he is sold this month /or next (I hope not), knocks a few million off his price tag.

Brian Williams
37 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:29:02
Ah the irony if the centre backs get injured and Southgate phones Jarrad.

"Listen, we need you."

Jarrad: "Wha? You can fuck off, mate — I'm off me fuckin' trolley in Ibiza."

Dave Cashen
38 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:32:26
I guess its easy to say England can't win the tournament, because there are 24 other teams wanting to win it – hardly sticking your neck out. I'd be far more impressed if those who make this claim actually named the team who will win it.

I'm confident (quietly) that Southgate's team will lift the trophy.

I look forward to the more difficult name-your-winner thread which I'm hoping will spring up next week.

Chris Leyland
39 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:33:34
Southgate said in his press conference that it was ‘too soon' for Branthwaite,

Yet he's picked Wharton and Mainoo both of whom have had half a season in the Premier League plus he's kept Quansah from the shite as the back-up defender on standby even though he's even less experienced.

Shane Corcoran
40 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:38:50
I say 'Trent' because it's easier to say.

Gomez likely taken as he's filled in at left-back this season and they only have one injured left back.

Still surprised he's not been brought with him being left-sided.

Mike Hayes
41 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:39:12
Southgate does have the killer instinct - killing the England chances of a trophy - nearly 60 years of guff. 😵‍💫
Dale Self
42 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:40:28
Criminal. I hope this suppresses any bids and motivates him to be England's best.
Neil Lawson
43 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:41:43
Andy 24. Thank you. Best lol moment of the day. Also accurate. 😁
Eddie Dunn
44 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:43:50
Sad for Our lad but it might just mean that he stays with us next season.

Southgate is an uninspiring man and his selection of Gomez and Dunk is shocking.

However, at least we won't hear pundits hanging Jarrad out to dry.

Semi-final misery to come, as this team has poor defenders which will mean two holding midfielders.

Joe McMahon
45 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:44:56
I'm surprised at this and also a bit miffed, as we all know he's class.
Kieran Kinsella
46 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:46:39
I'll stick my neck out and say that Bobby Brown Shoes and Portugal will win it.
John Wilson
47 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:49:39
Branthwaite not even on standby, that has gone to Quansah, as Southgate confirmed to Talk Sport.
Mike Doyle
48 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:53:24
Southgate is like most other England managers in sticking with his favourites. It was ever thus …

Howard Kendall = 0 caps, Colin Harvey = 1 cap.

Anthony Dove
49 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:53:42
I have just remembered that Southgate played for
Crystal Palace for seven years. That explains a number
of his selections.
Mike Gaynes
50 Posted 06/06/2024 at 18:59:07
Andy #19,

Watching the smoke rise from the crumpled hulk of Manchester United over the past couple of seasons has been a source of great pleasure to me, and Southgate would definitely continue the trend.

But what's the consensus here? Will Branthwaite's snub make it less likely that somebody big comes in for him? Or does it lower his value on the open market? Or both?

Anthony Dove
51 Posted 06/06/2024 at 19:02:09
Kieran @44.

I was going to back Portugal until I was reminded who is the manager.

Christine Foster
52 Posted 06/06/2024 at 19:10:40
Dreadful selections. Exposes Pickford at every corner. No playing it short for him as it will be straight back down his throat!

Southgate makes reference to players on the cusp, but then you look at who he does pick and laugh... Branthwaite is head and shoulders above Dunk, Gomez and the sickest joke of all, Quansah as backup?

Southgate has made some huge errors and frankly he is on his way out of the door. Totally uninspiring calls... is it any wonder why so many fans turn their back on supporting England?

Jeff Armstrong
54 Posted 06/06/2024 at 19:26:57
Southgate is an absolute prick of a manager, he has wasted at least 2 tournament winning opportunities with his safety first, cautious mindset, semis and finals have come and gone because he is a complete conservative clown, how Joe Gomes is ahead of Branthwaite beggars belief, it’s a wonder he didn’t take Maguire on crutches cos he loves Harry so much, fucking schmohawk he is.
Kieran Kinsella
55 Posted 06/06/2024 at 19:32:15

It gave me pause for thought too lol

Karl Meighan
56 Posted 06/06/2024 at 19:47:40
Dave @38,

All the usual suspects are capable of winning it, and England, who have some great players and a goalscorer. A bit of luck and maybe win a shootout or two.

I've never liked playing players out of position and, if Shaw is not fit enough, that will be a big miss. Konsa has looked a decent enough defender but I don't see him offering much going forward.

Germany are due a run and, in their own backyard, will fancy their chances.

Kunal Desai
57 Posted 06/06/2024 at 19:51:42
That defence will get ripped apart if and when England get to the quarters or semi-finals. They'll come unstuck against much more potent forwards.

Shaw and Trippier are injury-prone. Dunk is a yard dog. Do me a favour, please.

James Hughes
58 Posted 06/06/2024 at 20:06:59
I am not surprised at all. I sort of stopped looking forward to England games during Cappelo's tenure. Never really recovered the love for Inger-Lund since.

Southgate does not have a clue how to be a winner. His team will compete and do well but the crucial final yard is not in his mindset.

Football is slowly being killed off by the money men and the re-emergence of the football thugs. The scenes at Wembley for the last final were a disgrace. The last three Champions League Finals have been awful in regards to security.

Jay Harris
59 Posted 06/06/2024 at 20:12:29
Southgate's philosophy + pick a player who is at best average in two positions rather than a top class specialist in one position.

I still can't believe he has left one of the two best centre-backs this season at home… but our gain is England's loss.

Robert Tressell
60 Posted 06/06/2024 at 20:24:54
A very weird squad selection from Southgate. Personally, I would have introduced Branthwaite and stuck with Maguire (who might be unpopular but has done very little wrong in an England shirt).

Dunk is just a lower profile Maguire with much less experience. Konsa and Gomez are utility players.

Branthwaite will read this as meaning he has to leave Everton to get England recognition.

Roger Helm
61 Posted 06/06/2024 at 20:40:49
Shame for Jarrad but good news for us if it keeps the vultures away a little longer. Another season or so with us will be good for him and the club. His time will come and he will be England's first pick for many years in the future.

I agree our defence looks pretty weak. As they say, attacks win matches, but defences win tournaments.

Brendan Fox
62 Posted 06/06/2024 at 21:09:58
What a complete and utter bellend Southgate is!

So Branthwaite, who has had a stellar season this season for us and last season for PSV, who is a naturally gifted left-footed centre-back, and who could do a job at left-back if required, is dropped in favour of Dunk (garbage junk yard dog), Konza and Gomez (utilities at best) who are all far inferior players compared to Jarrad and all right-footed defenders.

The only left-footed defender is Shaw and he's not fit – nor any guarantee he'll get fit enough to play.

For fuck's sake, even Carragher has said it was a mistake to not pick Branthwaite – and that cunt never has anything good to say about Everton in any capacity.

Danny O’Neill
63 Posted 06/06/2024 at 21:11:28
Lewis Dunk over Jarrad? I feel for Jarrad, but his time will come. We've all seen how good he is and he will only get better.

I think Rob Halligan has a phrase for that!

Andy Crooks, you have fallen off the fence. I like your new Christening of Trent, but won't repeat it!!

Dave, these thing are always hard to predict. Denmark back in 1992, Greece in 2004. Just like the FA Cup, there can always be a surprise in tournament football.

England seem to be narrow favourites in many quarters, closely followed by France.

Despite not being the force they were 10 years ago, I wouldn't rule out Germany on home turf.

Alan Corken
64 Posted 06/06/2024 at 21:21:31
Lucky escape for the lad, he really wouldn't want to be associated with Southgate's shower of shite.
Mark Murphy
65 Posted 06/06/2024 at 21:25:14
At the risk of repeating my comments on The Live Forum, fuck England and fuck Southgate. Only Everton matter to me.

I could play left-back for England with the current tactics. Just shite!

I didn't watch the most recent game as I couldn't be arsed, but I recently saw Childwell (?) at left back receive the ball from his centre back eleven times, control it with his left (wild applause) feint to attack, then turn and play it back to his centre-back when the opposing winger got within 5 yards. Stephen Hawkin could do that!

Steve Brown
66 Posted 06/06/2024 at 21:31:49
Like picking Ron Harris and Norman Hunter ahead of Bobby Moore.

Southgate is a tactically inept donkey.

Mark Murphy
67 Posted 06/06/2024 at 21:35:45
Before he died natch – he's not that fucking clever!
Rob Halligan
68 Posted 06/06/2024 at 21:39:34
Had a few San Miguels, Mark? 🍺🍺🍺🍺
Paul Birmingham
69 Posted 06/06/2024 at 21:40:20
What does Branthwaite have to do, to have got picked?

There's some so-called defenderspicked who can't defend and a defender who's been hyped into a midfielder who can't tackle and is shit-scarred of heading.

It seems this was just a taste of the senior squad set up, for Jarrad. Hopefully this will board well for Everton.At least he can give his full commitment to Everton's preseason training.

I hope Pickford has a good tournament and stays injury-free.

My money is on France and Germany, a good bet being the home nation and they always progress beyond the earlier rounds in tournaments.

Mark Murphy
70 Posted 06/06/2024 at 21:42:51
Estrella Galicia Rob… 🤪
Mark Murphy
71 Posted 06/06/2024 at 21:54:23
San Miguel is shit and Madri is as Spanish as Peter Crouch!
Jerome Shields
72 Posted 06/06/2024 at 21:56:06
Southgate trying to give It be impression he knows what he is doing. Dropping Grealish and Maddison does not make sense.As for Braithwaite he should be going, I don't even think that Southgate should be Manager.
Tony Abrahams
73 Posted 06/06/2024 at 22:01:36
Brian H@19, third paragraph, is the most sensible thing I’ve read on this thread.

I’d love you to be correct Dave C, but they say fortune favours the brave, and I don’t think Southgate, is anywhere near brave enough?

We will see, but I thought France, were too strong physically for England, when they knocked us out of the World Cup, 18 months ago, and I’m not sure England, have improved since then?

I haven’t even thought about this competition, because I’m a lot more concerned about Everton, being sold, but I’m sure it starts a week tomorrow, so hopefully we have had some good news, regarding our club, before then🤞

Peter Moore
74 Posted 06/06/2024 at 22:26:33
I totally agree Tony, would be nice to be able to relax and enjoy the Euros. Instead, I am worrying about the vultures circling if we don't have proper good off field developments before the transfer window opens.

All supporters, as well as Dyche, Thelwell, Woan, Stone, and the whole squad could certainly use some positive crystalisation of new, much better, much firmer financial footing for Everton Football Club.

The New Stadium being so close to being finished, we can't have the team lose its best players, especially in this crucial season to come, ahead of the stadium move.

Good, solid, concrete, positive news ASAP please 🙏

Don Alexander
75 Posted 06/06/2024 at 22:39:43
Keiran (#6), wicked sense of humour mate, to include he with two names! Ha-ha!!
Danny O’Neill
76 Posted 06/06/2024 at 22:45:23
I too will relax and watch the Euros as I don't really have a stake in it.

What's happening to Everton is what I am more focussed on.

Some interesting comments on Southgate. I wonder if he will eventually go back to club management or jump into punditry?

Tom Bowers
77 Posted 06/06/2024 at 23:26:56
I too are more concerned about Everton's position than England's especially as Southgate was going to quit last year but decided on more easy paychecks to keep picking his faves.

The nucleus of the squad picks itself but some of the others like Bowen, Wharton and Gomes are confusing selections.

Sorry to say that overall the squad will find it difficult to make the Semi's.

Andy McNabb
78 Posted 06/06/2024 at 23:45:12
Michael Lynch #16 - those are my thoughts exactly. Southgate will always have his critics and detractors but surely this reasoning has some merit?

'... the best pair of English central defenders in the Premier League this season is surely Branthwaite and Tarkowski? Hardly conceded any goals, never get injured, a menace in the opposing box, and they understand the idiosyncrasies of Pickford.'

I think your last point about Pickford is particularly important. Like all goalkeepers, Pickford is 'interesting'.

Although, that would also put Tarkowski in the shop window, so both being overlooked is probably a blessing, from both an injury and poaching point of view.

Simon Dalzell
79 Posted 07/06/2024 at 00:15:21
Totally agree Jerome(72). I've never liked Southgate. His Negativity has held us back;' Definitely would have taken Branthwaite and Grealish..
Phil Wood
80 Posted 07/06/2024 at 00:55:04
Sorry for Branthwaite as he is clearly better than Dunk.
However when we inevitably flop then he cannot be blamed.
As many posters have already pointed out if he played for one of the luvvy clubs he would be on the plane.
Gareth Southgate, England's answer to Roberto Martinez. He will show Europe how you can have an embarrassment of riches and fail.
Mal van Schaick
81 Posted 07/06/2024 at 04:42:19
Southgate the FA puppet. I bet he is told who to pick. Politicised football.
Paul Ferry
82 Posted 07/06/2024 at 06:49:57
This might actually be worse for us, thinking about the summer window, than if Jarrad had headed off on the jolly to Germany and snatched a few minutes here and there.

He might well be now thinking "I would love to be a big part of this England thing but, lacking Jordan's experience, I need to get out of Everton for that to become a reality and go Sky-bound."

Peter Warren
83 Posted 06/06/2024 at 07:12:35
I can understand it being thought too soon for Branthwaite although, given the paucity of options, it seems odd but a judgment call.

However, how Tarkowski fails to make this team, yet alone squad, not even provisional squad, I just can't fathom.

James MacGlashan
84 Posted 07/06/2024 at 07:34:21
Paul Ferry (8):

I watched The Final: Attack on Wembley. It is a big reason why I can't support England.

I can say they played well, deserved to win, were unlucky to lose etc but I cannot support them. I have always been like that since a small boy growing up in Stockport. Must be the Scouse and Celtic blood in me.

The only time I have instinctively cheered an England goal is when an Everton player has scored it. And we all knew what abuse the 3 lads would get after missing the pens.

Dave Cashen
85 Posted 07/06/2024 at 07:45:22
Tony and Danny.I've gone the other way.

My head is battered with all the lies, deceit and crazed speculation regarding our financial situation. I'm latching on to the Euro's as a distraction.

I cant wait for the season to start so we can talk about Everton in footy context again. I'm pretty sure you think the same.

On Branthwaite's exclusion; He's been brilliant. Those who have watched him closely, would expect him to go to the very top. However, I'm not surprised he has been left out. Dyches survival plan has seen us play with a back 8 or 9. I believe a conservative coach like Southgate would have preferred a player (like Dunk) because he has played all season in a back four or five. I suspect Jarrod will need to change clubs and England will need to change managers before we see him as an England regular.
On the subject of Tarkowski. (this is only my opinion) I suspect if you put him in a naked back 3/4/5 against some of Europe's quick footed elite, he would be ruined.

We badly need both of them fighting fit and ready help Everton survive again next season. I'm not sorry Neither of them is going to Germany

Phil Wood
87 Posted 07/06/2024 at 08:15:19
Big joke is that Southgate will get the Man Utd job then sign Branthwaite.
Kevin Edward
88 Posted 07/06/2024 at 08:57:09
Unlucky for Jarrad but his time will come.
Like others I think this England team won’t get anywhere near a semi-final.
The jammy runs of the last two tournaments, and the failure to reach the WC final and win a home Euros final will be the pinnacle for Southgate.
I’m happy to be proved wrong, but the next England set-up post Southgate might be a better place for Jarrad to flourish as captain of club and country.
Really hope that the club will be EFC.
Danny O’Neill
89 Posted 07/06/2024 at 09:08:24
Likewise Dave, after the trauma of the past few seasons that have drained us, it will be a welcome distraction as you say.

But I also want the season to start, so we can get back to Everton.

Although not glad the pre-season fixtures are out.

Dave Abrahams
90 Posted 07/06/2024 at 09:08:39
Branthwaite is not only a very good defender he is blessed with an excellent temperament so he will have his own thoughts about not being selected for this tournament but will not let it bother him too much even though it must be a big disappointment to him.

I think it is Englands loss and Jarred might gain from the experience especially the extended rest for the next month and comeback with renewed energy to play for the team I love—Everton.

Ian Jones
91 Posted 07/06/2024 at 09:27:53
Phil @ 87, had the same thought!
Brian Williams
92 Posted 07/06/2024 at 09:32:20
Phil, I preferred your comment at #86.
Danny O’Neill
93 Posted 07/06/2024 at 09:39:58
He is, Dave @90.

So composed and calm both on and off the ball. Anticipates well and recovers when necessary.

The partnership with Tarkowski has been near perfect. And Tarkowski and Pickford have a good understanding too.

Watching him, you wouldn't think he was still 21. He plays like an experienced 30-year-old.

Julian Wait
94 Posted 07/06/2024 at 10:09:47
@Kieran #6 – nice little Easter Egg you left us in midfield.

He would be the first Sheff Utd player capped in a while mind… nice one.

Julian Wait
95 Posted 07/06/2024 at 10:17:16
Takowski is a tough one. Given the flaws in the England team, and a need for defensive stability, there could have been an argument for Pickford, Tarkowski, and Branthwaite as the defensive core. However, that would leave Stones out (he's had injuries, and of course could also play #6 if needed, as Southgate likes a double pivot defensive midfield pair) and as per comments above, Tarkowski could be left exposed for pace against the top teams (Mbappe anyone?).

The other thing is that we expect England to be playing on the front foot, with the caveat being that we look to be set up for playing the break quickly, and our lads have been more used to deep block hold-the-fort football instead. So I understand not taking either of them tbh.

I do think I would have taken Branthwaite over Dunk though. The silly yellow card on Monday may have swung it? Tough calls.

Billy Shears
96 Posted 07/06/2024 at 21:47:14
Young Jarrad will get loads of future caps playing for his country, more than likely partnering with Wharton from Palace.

If we can keep hold of him, let him go on holiday and come back to us fresh and injury free, that's the main thing now for us Blues.

He can't be blamed for any fuck-ups either when it all goes tits up over in Germany. I see England lost tonight as well, not exactly a confidence booster going into a tournament with another lacklustre showing at home!

Paul Ferry
97 Posted 09/06/2024 at 00:38:14
Good to hear Chris Sutton hammering the waistcoat wonder for leaving out Jarrad, calling it his biggest mistake.

He's not alone. Quite a few callers saying the same thing. A left-footed central defender who could also slip into the left-back mess that Southgate has created.

Kieran Kinsella
98 Posted 09/06/2024 at 01:28:14

Wayne Rooney and even the RS Carra said the same.

I think Southgate has lost it. I realize Sterling has gone downhill but Southgate pretty much froze him out ever since he left the World Cup when his wife and family were victims of an armed robbery. I think he picked him just once after that even while he was still doing okay at Man City.

Then there is the weird Ben White situation. His refusal to pick any player (bar Kane and “Hendo”) who plays outside the Premier League. And I don't mean lower division Steve Bull types or North of the border Mark Hatelys – I mean one of his former favourites, Dier at Bayern, plus everyone who's followed Smalling to Italy.

Then having made himself look stupid saying it is all based on performance (which his non-selection of Branthwaite disproves), then he has some kid from the RS on standby while Jarrad with two very good seasons, one in the Premier League, another for a big European club, is “not ready” at 21.

Southgate just seems like an increasingly small-minded, cowardly, bitter middle-aged man.

Paul Ferry
99 Posted 09/06/2024 at 02:42:14
And also, Kieran, that Jarrad has not had enough experience, Southgate claims as his rationale (why pick him in the first place then?), yet he picks Wharton and has a Red Shite novice on standby.

I think that the Ben White thing (the only Englishman in the best defence in the Premier League) has a lot to do with White saying he doesn't want to be picked. But I simply do not get that and wonder if his relations with Southgate are the nub of the matter.

Southgate doesn't rock the boat. Loves his cup of tea and scones at Betty's in Harrogate. He would have picked Maguire if he was fit (and is in bits about that). And he should have had the acumen, decency, and dignity to leave after the Italy final (when his star was half high in the sky, despite playing five at the back and two holding midfielders against an aging side).

I hope against hope that he goes to leaky decrepit Old Trafford and is shown the door after one season.

He might actually be rather scared about dipping his toe in the cut and thrust of club management after a relatively soft and easy 8-year tenure as England manager.

Jesus wept, I just found out that him and me share the same birthday.

Christine Foster
100 Posted 09/06/2024 at 05:59:24
I think this will be by far England's worst tournament for a long time. The whole back line is weak, worse than that, no matter who he picks, have not played together in a major tournament. Even with a mostly second string out, they succumbed to the mighty Iceland a week before a major event. Bad omens.

If that's not bad enough, his bullshit interview in which he appears to insinuate there are better players than Branthwaite and more worthy is cringeworthy at best, ignorant, ill-informed, and a lie at worst. He will be given the option of resigning I have no doubt when they don't get past the stages.

The two best centre-backs in the Premier League are Tarkowski and Branthwaite, yet neither good enough? He clearly doesn't want either. He should be sacked before a ball is kicked.

Danny O’Neill
101 Posted 09/06/2024 at 06:28:16

I may be being biased but there is a lot to be said for partnerships.

Pickford, Tarkowski and Branthwaite would have been a good option for England.

As I keep saying, I don't care too much for the England football team, so I'm just going to enjoy the tournament. I've no doubt there will be a few surprises.

Jamie Crowley
102 Posted 09/06/2024 at 15:43:22
This decision is a microcosm of England and your country winning nothing.

Just bad decisions after bad decisions, or popular players chosen ahead of deserving ones, all equating to an underperforming squad bereft of results.

Absurd. Patently absurd. Southgate is a blind fool.

Paul Birmingham
103 Posted 09/06/2024 at 15:47:11
Jamie, spot on.
Jay Harris
104 Posted 09/06/2024 at 15:48:29
I would sooner take a points hit than sell Jarrad to the bunch of thugs running Man Utd.

Dave Abrahams
105 Posted 09/06/2024 at 15:52:11
Paul (99) I’m guessing that’s got to be April 1st.?
Just a little bit of banter that Paul!
Kevin Molloy
106 Posted 09/06/2024 at 15:55:03
I despise Gareth Southgate. His preaching, his stupidity, his air of bogus pious morality. Get him gone. Total Dickhead.
Brian Williams
107 Posted 09/06/2024 at 16:03:12
What made it worse was that Southgate said "This tournament's come a little early for Jarrad bearing in mind his experience and age."

One word.


Make that wo.


Rob Halligan
108 Posted 09/06/2024 at 16:22:31
Brian, you can also throw in Quansah. I'd never even heard of him until very recently. Looking at his stats for the shite, this season he has seventeen appearances, and has the impressive number of TWO clean sheets against his name. Yeah, I know he's only on standby, but how on earth can he even be considered for that role before Jarrad?

Oh yeah, I know, two words…..Red Shite!

Jack Convery
109 Posted 09/06/2024 at 17:58:45
If Southgate becomes Man Utd manager, questions will need to be asked about Branthwaite’s treatment.
Paul Smith
110 Posted 09/06/2024 at 18:14:21
Mad conspiracy stories on here again...

Southgate this time… seems like a nice fella, tbh.

Paul Ferry
111 Posted 09/06/2024 at 18:26:00
Sadly, September 3 Dave. I think that WW2 began on that day and it was also a very significant one for OIllie Cromwell.
Jack Convery
112 Posted 09/06/2024 at 19:00:12
Southgate ignoring Branthwaite stinks.

Dunk and Gomes from the RS, for fuck's sake!

Nicolas Piñon
113 Posted 10/06/2024 at 02:51:56
This is just good for Everton I guess.

And for England not winning the cup.

Guardiola knows nothing Southgate, That's why he wants Branthwaite.

Phil Lewis
114 Posted 10/06/2024 at 05:48:58
I'm shocked at Branthwaite's omission from the England squad for the Euros. A grave error from Southgate, that may rebound on him in the long run.

However, from an Everton point of view, it may mean we secure his services for our last season at Goodison. As had he performed on the international stage, he almost certainly would have departed the club at the end of the tournament.

As it stands, the giants of world football may require another season observing him, before making their respective record breaking transfer moves.

Danny O’Neill
115 Posted 10/06/2024 at 06:32:03
I don't think Jarrad needed the Euros to make clubs realise how good he is and I'm sure they've all been watching him closely. They don't need the Euros to make a move for him.

The question will be whether he stays to play regularly or moves as he is frustrated with not being picked for England. I don't have an answer for that as I can't influence it. From what I've read, I think his Dad will be a big influence in that decision.

He is a great prospect. Mature ahead of his years.

Jay Hughes
116 Posted 10/06/2024 at 13:04:18
The reality is Everton can not afford to sell Branthwaite, Pickford or Calvert-Lewin despite P&S rules.

Any points we may be deducted in the future for not balancing the books this summer would be dwarfed by the points loss we would get for not having these players in the team next season.

Dom is the bigger problem due to his receding contract but Jarrad and Jordan should be retained at all costs.

We will be bang in the relegation mix with these players but it is unimaginable to think what the future holds without them.

Take another 6-point deduction, or whatever, and move on.

Joe McMahon
117 Posted 11/06/2024 at 13:07:10
I see the Manchester Evening News are pushing like mad Jarrad Branthwaite going to United. Wish they'd push Onana.

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