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      A final look at the English abroad this season

      Englishmen abroad

      2024/05/31 12:50

      Gareth Southgate named a 33-man provisional squad for the 2024 UEFA European Championships in Germany this summer with only two of the 33 players playing outside of the Premier League.

      That could perhaps be seen as a bit of a waste or a shame, given the amount of players that have gone abroad to ply their trade and thrived in recent years – with two players not in the 33 likely to feature in this weekend’s UEFA Champions League final for Borussia Dortmund.

      With England’s current crop beginning to age, there could be a time for a newer and fresher group to come through the ranks after UEFA EURO 2024 so, as the Three Lions prepare to try and win just their second major trophy, this is a look at the notable Englishmen that have been playing abroad in Europe’s five major leagues this season and how they have all got on…


      Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (Borussia Dortmund)

      Eric Dier (Bayern Munich)

      Harry Kane (Bayern Munich)

      Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

      Four Englishmen featured throughout the 2023/24 Bundesliga campaign and all four of them will be pleased with their efforts individually, albeit their clubs may not have had overly successful domestic campaigns.

      Harry Kane arrived in Germany to much fan fare and the England captain set some records in his first season in Bavaria, scoring 44 goals across all competitions and 36 in the Bundesliga. However, his apparent ‘curse’ continued and he remains trophyless as Bayern Munich were toppled at the top-of-the-table for the first time in 11 years due to an unbeaten season by Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen. He was joined by his former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Eric Dier in the January transfer window and the former FIFA World Cup semi-finalist with England broke into what was a poor and disjointed defence, becoming a key man for Thomas Tuchel as Bayern reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

      Bayern’s Der Klassiker rivals also have two Englishmen currently on the books. Borussia Dortmund re-signed Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho on loan in January and he has begin to rebuild his career after a tough time in England, becoming essential to Dortmund’s run to the final of the UEFA Champions League this weekend. His compatriot, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, has pulled up trees for England’s U21 side this season under Lee Carsley and has steadily grown into himself in the Bundesliga with Dortmund, too, albeit yet to really establish himself as a guaranteed starter. 

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      LA LIGA

      Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid)

      Mason Greenwood (Getafe)

      There have been a couple of Englishmen with very different stories and futures in the game thus far that have been plying their trade in the Spanish game throughout the campaign.

      La Liga’s Player of the Year for the 2023/24 season was English. The best player in England, Germany and Spain’s top-flight: English (the quarter-final exit this summer is going to be a good one). Jude Bellingham arrived at 14-time (for now) European champions Real Madrid and lit up the Bernabeu from the off with dazzling performances from midfield and match winning contributions throughout. He finished up on 18 goals in the league and has been absolutely pivotal in Los Blancos’ run to this weekend’s UEFA Champions League final.



      The disgraced and controversial figure of Mason Greenwood won Getafe’s Player of the Year award but can soon be forgotten about from this conversation having just been selected for Jamaica.

      LIGUE 1 

      Angel Gomes (Lille)

      Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Olympique Lyonnais)

      Ehran Soglo (Olympique de Marseille)

      We have had four Englishmen feature in France this year but Stade de Reims’ Josh Wilson-Esbrand had his loan spell from Manchester City cut short in January as he returned to the English football pyramid and to the Welsh capital to play for Cardiff City in the Championship.

      The most influential English figure across the channel would be former Arsenal man Ainsley Maitland-Niles at Lyon. After a disastrous start to the campaign for the seven-time French champions, Maitland-Niles went on to become a key figure as he helped Pierre Sage propel the fallen giants from bottom-of-the-table to a sixth placed finish and European qualification. Ehran Soglo came through the ranks at Marseille this season, too, and is expected to get even more game time next season at Stade Velodrome. 

      SERIE A

      Tammy Abraham (Roma)

      Keinan Davis (Udinese)

      Samuel Iling-Junior (Juventus)

      Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Milan)

      Chris Smalling (Roma)

      Djed Spence (Genoa)

      Fikayo Tomori (Milan)

      There were plenty of Englishmen that featured in Serie A across the course of this season but all seven of them will have got to the end of their campaign feeling either a little frustrated or outright disappointed.

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      One of the major success stories would be Ruben Loftus-Cheek. After leaving Chelsea last season, the central midfielder was key to AC Milan’s campaign under Stefano Pioli, playing in a deeper role in the first-half of the campaign before then being a genuine goal scoring number ten after the turn of the year. However, a late season injury ruled out any chance of him getting back into Gareth Southgate’s England squad for UEFA EURO 2024. His teammate Fikayo Tomori will feel harshly done to have not bolstered a weak defensive line for the Three Lions after narrowly missing out on 2022 FIFA World Cup selection, too, but the former Chelsea man suffered from injury throughout the campaign.

      Down in the capital, Roma’s two Anglo’s also suffered from injuries. Tammy Abraham suffered an ACL injury early in the campaign and missed the vast majority of the season but did, memorably, come back to score a late winner against defending champions Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico, whilst Chris Smalling was also missing until the final month or so and Daniele De Rossi looks to be moving on from the former Manchester United centre-back, too.

      Elsewhere, the exciting prospect of Samuel Iling-Junior didn’t really have a position to force himself in at Juventus on a regular basis but still often featured, usually off the bench, and will hope he will be trusted more by Thiago Motta next season, rather than the fairly defensive management of Massimiliano Allegri. Djed Spence arrived at Genoa on loan from Tottenham Hotspur in January and had some good performances but was also in and out of Alberto Gilardino’s side, whilst Keinan Davis had a fairly miserable campaign – right up until the final day of the season when his first and only Udinese goal secured them survival in Serie A in dramatic circumstances against Frosinone last weekend. 


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      2024-05-31 14h37m by eedwards
      As a football fan, I have to say I'm a bit disappointed with Southgate's squad selection. Only two players from outside the Premier League Come on, there's so much talent in other leagues too! And let's not forget, two players not even in the 33 could potentially be playing in the Champions League final this weekend. Not the best decision in my opinion.
      2024-05-31 14h10m by l_10_brownfield
      Wow, great to see Southgate has faith in Premier League talent for Euro 2024. Although, it would've been nice to see some players from abroad getting a chance too.
      2024-05-31 13h59m by hturnerford
      As a football fan, I believe that this decision by Gareth Southgate is a bit short-sighted. It's great to see our homegrown talent thriving in the Premier League, but it's also important to recognize and give opportunities to players who are excelling abroad. After all, the ultimate goal is for the England national team to succeed at the highest level, not just in the Premier League. I hope that Southgate will consider and include more players from different leagues in the final squad for
      2024-05-31 13h28m by mfosterfield
      As a football fan, I have to say I'm disappointed with Southgate's squad selection for the Euros. Only two players from outside the Premier League That's a shame, considering how many talented players have succeeded abroad in recent years. And to think that two players not even in the 33-man squad could be playing in the Champions League final this weekend. . .
      2024-05-31 13h13m by omitchellsonjones
      Wow, Southgate sticking to the Premier League boys for the Euros. Bit disappointed to see only 2 players from outside the league. Some real talent shining abroad, hope they get a chance in the future!


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