Carragher slaughters Southgate over axing England star as Rooney names second player who is ‘big loss’


Jamie Carragher has criticised Gareth Southgate over his failure to include Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite in his England squad for the European Championships, while Wayne Rooney has named a Manchester United player whom he feels will be a major loss.

The Three Lions suffered a timid 1-0 home defeat to Iceland in their final warm-up match at Wembley on Friday evening before their Euro 2024 campaign gets underway next Sunday with a game against Serbia in Gelsenkirchen. Their disappointing display saw England booed from the pitch as Southgate’s attacking line-up failed to break down a strong and resolute Icelandic defence, who scored an excellent goal on the counter-attack as they showed themselves up as potential dark horses in the Germany-staged tournament.

Just 24 hours earlier, Southgate had trimmed down his 33-man provisional squad to just 26 names for the competition, with seven players cut from the original party and with stars of Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United among those disappointed.

However, Carragher suggests Southgate has got it wrong by overlooking Branthwaite, with the classy Everton man having made his debut as a second-half substitute in the 3-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina at St James’ Park on Monday.

Described by Carragher as England’s “present and future”, Carragher feels Southgate has blundered badly leaving him out while the likes of Lewis Dunk of Brighton and Aston Villa’s Ezri Konsa made the cut.

Taking to X, formerly, Twitter, Carragher stated: “Lots of bigger names than Jarrad Branthwaite have missed out on the England squad, but he should’ve been picked to go to Euro 2024,” the former Liverpool stalwart posted. “He’s England’s present and future.

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