Jack Grealish will not be taking to the pitch in Germany this summer as Gareth Southgate left him out of the England squad for Euro 2024 – and injury issues through the season will be partly to blame.

The Manchester City winger has enjoyed yet another Premier League-winning season with his club as City made it four uncontested titles in a row in the Premier League.

However, Grealish has struggled to hit new heights this season as he missed six games throughout the year due to hamstring problems. Meanwhile, further niggles disrupted his campaign, making him unavailable for consistent runs in the starting XI.

City boss Pep Guardiola also opted to use Grealish as an impact substitution for much of the season following the signing of Jeremy Doku, playing just seven full 90-minute games during the league campaign – and he didn't even make it off the bench nine times in the Premier League as well.

Grealish also didn't add to his goal tally in the Champions League this season, clocking just two assists before City fell to defeat against Real Madrid on penalties in the quarter-finals – with the Spaniard going on to lift the trophy against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.

In 36 appearances for England, Grealish has scored twice and assisted eight times for his country – with his first goal in a major international tournament coming in an impressive 6-2 win against Iran during the 2022 World Cup.

Southgate explained his decision to exclude Grealish from the squad this time around last week, saying: "We're blessed with options in attacking areas, all offering something slightly different. Madders (James Maddison) and Jack give us something different as well, so they're tough calls.

"We've gone over it and over it as staff to try and be fair. We back our decisions but we recognise we could have gone a different route. Both boys are big characters and great to work with."

While Grealish himself has not come out publicly to discuss his omission from the England squad, he did post a picture of himself playing for his country with the caption: "Nothing better" – hinting at his clear disappointment to not be on the plane to the Euros.

Despite his lack of league appearances and bench-warming this season, Grealish enjoyed yet another successful season with City – winning the title plus the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup at the beginning of the season.

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