NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - Thursday, October 12, 2023: England's Liverpool duo Jarell Quansah (L) and Harvey Elliott celebrate after the 2025 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group F game between England and Serbia at the City Ground. England won 9-1. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jarell Quansah and Curtis Jones in England senior squad – Jordan Henderson dropped

Jarell Quansah has made a sensational leap into the England provisional squad ahead of the Euros, with Curtis Jones and Joe Gomez also in while Jordan Henderson is dropped.

Gareth Southgate named his extended provisional squad for pre-Euros training and friendlies at 2pm on Tuesday, and it included four Liverpool players.

There are first-time call-ups for both Quansah and Jones, who both impressed throughout Jurgen Klopp‘s final season at Liverpool.

Jones’ inclusion was reported hours before the squad was released, as too Quansah’s step up from the U21s.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was named in the 33-player training squad and was also joined by Gomez, who ended his long international absence with two appearances in March.

It comes with Henderson left out of the squad entirely, having seen his reputation drop miserably following a terrible decision to join Saudi side Al-Ettifaq last summer.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - Thursday, October 12, 2023: England's Jarell Quansah during the pre-match warm-up before the 2025 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group F game between England and Serbia at the City Ground. England won 9-1. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Other names called up include Crystal Palace quartet Adam Wharton, Eberechi Eze, Marc Guehi and Dean Henderson as well as Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite.

Along with Henderson, Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell has not been selected, with this initial group then set to be cut to 26 for the tournament proper.

England face Bosnia & Herzegovina (June 3) and Iceland (June 7) in warmup friendlies next month, before taking on Serbia, Denmark and Slovenia in Group C of the Euros in Germany.

Quansah has enjoyed a remarkable rise over the past 12 months, making his Liverpool debut in August and going on to play 33 times this season.

He ended the campaign as first-choice centre-back alongside Virgil van Dijk, scoring in the final two games to bring his season’s tally to three goals and three assists.

Curtis Jones, England U21 international (Image: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo)

The 21-year-old only made his bow for England U21s in October, stepping up from the U20s and featuring four times, having won the U19 Euros with England in 2022.

Jones, meanwhile, is no longer eligible for the U21s and therefore found himself in limbo before this call-up, but sufficiently impressed Gareth Southgate in a campaign that saw him play 36 times for Liverpool.

Despite an impressive season for Harvey Elliott, who ended the season as one of Liverpool’s best players, he did not make the cut.


England’s pre-Euros training squad

LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday, November 17, 2023: England's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifying Group C match between England and Malta at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Goalkeepers: Pickford, Ramsdale, Henderson, Trafford

Defenders: Quansah, Stones, Maguire, Guehi, Dunk, Branthwaite, Konsa, Gomez, Trippier, Walker, Shaw

Midfielders: Alexander-Arnold, Bellingham, Rice, Jones, Gallagher, Mainoo, Wharton

Forwards: Bowen, Eze, Foden, Gordon, Grealish, Kane, Maddison, Palmer, Saka, Toney, Watkins