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Henderson And Rashford Left Out As Southgate Names Provisional Euro 2024 Squad

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England manager Gareth Southgate has left out seasoned internationals Jordan Henderson and Marcus Rashford from the provisional Euro 2024 squad.

The squad, unveiled ahead of the tournament kickoff on June 14, features several new faces, including uncapped players Jarrad Branthwaite, Curtis Jones, Jarell Quansah, and Adam Wharton.

The extended squad of 33 players will be trimmed to 26 by June 7, the day England faces Iceland in their final pre-tournament friendly.

Notable inclusions are Manchester United’s Kobbie Mainoo, Crystal Palace’s Eberechi Eze, and defensive stalwarts Lewis Dunk and Ezri Konsa.

Manchester City’s Jack Grealish makes the cut despite injury setbacks, and Luke Shaw is also included despite fitness concerns.

Rashford, a key figure in past tournaments, has been left out after a below-par season with Manchester United, netting only eight goals.

Henderson, previously a mainstay, misses out after a turbulent season split between Al Ettifaq and Ajax.

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Super Eagles Drop Eight Places In FIFA Rankings After Poor World Cup Qualifiers

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have slipped eight places to 38th in the latest FIFA rankings, following a disappointing performance in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

This drop comes after a historic loss to the Benin Republic and a draw against South Africa, leaving their qualification hopes in jeopardy.

The latest rankings, released on Thursday, place Nigeria fifth in Africa, down two positions on the continental ladder.

Morocco now leads the African rankings, moving up to 12th globally, followed by Senegal (18th), Egypt (36th), and Cote d’Ivoire (37th).

Globally, the top five positions are held by Argentina, France, Belgium, Brazil, and England.

Despite their fall in the rankings, the Super Eagles remain ahead of their main qualifying rivals, South Africa, who are ranked 59th globally and 10th in Africa.

They also rank higher than Cameroon (49th) and Ghana (64th), as well as nations like Scotland, Chile, and Norway.

The Super Eagles will look to regain form in their next competitive matches during the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers later this year.

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“Osimhen is a nobody”- Rangers’ title-winning coach Fidelis Ilechukwu blasts Super Eagles/Napoli star after snide remarks to Finidi George

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“Osimhen is a nobody to disrespect Finidi. As the African best player, one of our best players, he must learn to be patient and explain himself even when the world is against him,”

“He needs to apologize. He must, because an apology is a sign of humility. It is not always good to behave like he is beyond control. who is he?

“This is a player of yesterday, who started from under-17 just talking and ranting. As far as I’m concerned, NFF should take drastic action against that kind of attitude.” Ilechukwu told Brila FM.

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Man City To Open Premier League Title Defence Against Chelsea

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Manchester City will start their Premier League title defence with an away match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on August 18, as announced by the Premier League on Tuesday.

Chelsea’s new manager, Enzo Maresca, will have an intriguing start to his tenure facing a team he knows well from assisting Pep Guardiola during City’s treble-winning season and coaching their youth team.

The Premier League season will commence with FA Cup winners Manchester United hosting Fulham on August 16.

Arsenal, last season’s league runners-up, will begin their campaign at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers on August 17.

Other notable opening fixtures include Championship winners Leicester City taking on Tottenham Hotspur at home and Newcastle United facing off against play-off winners Southampton.

Ipswich Town, making a return to the Premier League after a 22-year absence following consecutive promotions, will host Liverpool in an early kick-off on August 17.

This season will start in mid-August without a mid-season break, allowing for an extended off-season.

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