Gareth Southgate to call up Liverpool star to replace Jordan Henderson in preliminary Euro 2024 squad

Jude Bellingham and Jordan Henderson of England
Jude Bellingham and Jordan Henderson of England inspect the pitch prior to the international friendly match between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium on March 23, 2024 in London, England.

Jordan Henderson is reportedly set to miss out on selection in England's provisional Euro 2024 squad by Gareth Southgate - with a surprise name in line to replace him.

The 34-year-old started the 2023/24 season with Liverpool, but left to join Saudi Pro League side Al Ettifaq before the Premier League campaign began.

After six months in Saudi Arabia, he ended his contract by mutual consent before moving to Eredivisie giants Ajax.

Southgate had assured Henderson that his place in the England squad was secure at the beginning of the season, and he continued to be selected in squads despite his move away from European football.

He was named in the England squad for friendlies against Brazil and Belgium in March, but withdrew due to injury.

According to The Athletic's David Ornstein, uncapped Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones is expected to replace his former Reds captain, while another uncapped player is set to make the cut.

Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford is expected to be named as England's third-choice goalkeeper, despite a difficult run of form at Turf Moor which saw him replaced by Arijanet Muric during the second part of the campaign.

Jones has been a regular fixture in the Liverpool side this season when available, and has made 23 Premier League appearances this term.

The midfielder enjoyed an excellent run of form towards the end of the 2022/23 season, but is still yet to make his Three Lions debut and could now do so in friendlies against Iceland and Bosnia and Herzegovina in June.

Trafford, meanwhile, was called up as an injury replacement for the March friendlies, but hasn't played a game of club football since then.

He won the U21 European Championships with England last season, and has been labelled as a star of the future, with Burnley paying £19 million to sign him from Manchester City last summer after his impressive form on loan with League One side Bolton.

It has also been reported that Chelsea centre-back Levi Colwill is also set to be included, with the 21-year-old having the added advantage of being able to play at left-back amid an England injury crisis in that area.

Luke Shaw, Ben Chilwell and Reece James are facing a race to be fit in time for Euro 2024, with England's campaign getting underway on June 16.

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