Jack Grealish out of England Euro 2024 squad – does he only have himself to blame?

Jack Grealish was arguably the biggest name to miss out when Gareth Southgate named his England squad for Euro 2024 last Thursday. 

Grealish can count himself unlucky in some ways, England has a talented pool of attacking players to choose from, and a big name was always likely to miss out.

But does Grealish have to look at himself and take responsibility for his omission? Or can he bemoan bad timing, given England’s current strength in depth in the attacking half of the pitch?

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One of the tournament favourites

England is stacked with stars. And as a result, they are the betting favourite to win Euro 2024. The bookmakers make Gareth Southgate’s team 3/1 to win the tournament at 3/1. According to the latest betting odds on https://www.paddypower.com/football, England’s closest rivals to win the Euros are France at 7/2 and Germany at EURO 2024 winner odds of 4/1. The bookmakers seem to think it is a straight fight between those three.

But despite England being the favourites, there is not much to choose between the Three Lions, France, and hosts Germany. The tightness of the competition would have played a part in Southgate’s ruthless call on Grealish. England may be the favourites. But they are only just. And Southgate needs to know everyone he calls on is up to, and ready for the job.

Out of the Man City side

Being out of the Manchester City side isn’t a damning indictment on anybody. They are multiple title winners.

Despite not winning the Champions League in 2024, City are still regarded as the best team in the world, and they are the betting favourites to win the competition again in 2025. So, not getting picked by Pep isn’t reason enough to leave Grealish out of the England squad for the https://www.uefa.com/ Euro 2024 competition. 

Where can Grealish improve?

Where Grealish could look at himself is his off-pitch conduct.

After the Blues clinched their fourth successive Premier League title with a 3-1 win over West Ham, Grealish posted footage of himself looking the worse for wear at the club celebrations.

The club had obviously sanctioned the celebrations, all the players looked to be present. And no one would mind Grealish enjoying himself, but he has a reputation for going too far, so could this have been a part of the reason why Grealish didn’t feature in the FA Cup final just six days later?

Even when City badly needed a goal, Grealish wasn’t thrown on to try and find an equaliser against Manchester United in the dying embers of their 2-1 Cup Final defeat.

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Debate raged online about Grealish’s right to enjoy himself and let his hair down. And that’s fair enough. It’s Grealish’s choice how far he goes. But would Grealish’s antics have been in Pep Guardiola’s thinking when he came to select his FA Cup final team?

If it was a close call between Grealish and another member of the City squad, might that have been the fine margin that saw Grealish miss out?

These could be the same metrics used by Gareth Southgate when it came down to the final call between Grealish and whichever player he was up against for a place in the England Euro 2024 squad.

Crossroads of his career

No one is for a minute suggesting that Jack Grealish becomes a teetotal monk who never enjoys himself again. But when he reflects on why he missed out on the FA Cup Final and the England Euro 2024 squad, he may wonder what might have happened had he done things differently. 

Top-level sport is about small margins. And it could be that these small margins have been the difference for Grealish over the past two to three weeks.  

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