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Five players unlucky to miss out on Southgate’s England squad

For others, however, they now know they face a quiet summer after being overlooked by the England manager.

There are a number of players who will be gutted to miss out on the squad, not least Leeds striker Patrick Bamford – who finished the Premier League season with 17 goals.

Only Bruno Fernandes, Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah scored more than that, but Bamford will play no part at this summer’s Euros.

And here, Standard Sport takes a look at Bamford and four other players who were notable absentees from Southgate’s provisional squad…

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Compared to his high standards, the Southampton striker has had a fairly quiet season on the south coast. He has finished the season with 12 Premier League goals, with injuries and a struggling Saints side not helping him.

Ings, however, is one of the most natural finishers in the League and the fact he played and scored for England last year would have stood him in good stead. Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins, however, has overtaken him more recently after a good first season in the top flight.

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A hero of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Tottenham defender will have to watch on from home this year. Dier has not been at his best in a struggling Spurs team and he has ultimately paid the price for a dip in form.

Southgate is a big fan of the centre-back, both on and off the pitch, and he has been loyal to him in the past. In the end, however, the likes of Ben Godfrey and Ben White have stolen a march on Dier.

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The centre-back took the brave decision to leave Chelsea this summer and head to AC Milan on loan. It was a bold move from Tomori, but one that has paid off as he has been excellent in Serie A. Milan want to make his loan move permanent, which says it all really, but Southgate has overlooked him this summer.

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At times during this season, the Leicester City midfielder looked like he was definitely going to be in Southgate’s squad this summer. Maddison was in fine form, linking up well with Jamie Vardy, but he has suffered a disappointing end to the season.

Injuries have not helped the 24-year-old and his form has dipped at just the wrong moment. Nonetheless, Maddison will still be gutted he could not make the long list as Southgate looks to cut down his squad to 26 players next week.

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After Kane, no English player scored more goals in the Premier League this season than Bamford. The Leeds striker has silenced the doubters who didn’t believe he could cut it in the top flight and he has been incredibly consistent.

Bamford was almost called up to the England squad in March, but Watkins got the nod then. The Aston Villa man has once again beaten Bamford to a spot in the group it seems.


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