Man Utd legend Gary Pallister on how to use England heartache as motivation after missing out on two tournament squads

SIX England stars will be left devastated today when Gareth Southgate names his final squad for the European Championships.

The 33-man squad will be cut to 26, and Mason Greenwood has already being ruled out as he is struggling with an underlying injury.

But six others will be joining the Manchester United ace on the sidelines to watch Harry Kane and co do it on TV.

But those who miss out have been urged to make a statement and prove Gareth Southgate wrong by one player who knows all about international disappointment.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister never featured for the Three Lions in a major tournament despite getting 22 caps and playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

In 1988 Pallister was involved with Middlesbrough in the play-offs which meant he missed the chance to impress in England's warm-up games for the Euros.

He was never in contention for Bobby Robson's 1990 World Cup squad or Graham Taylor's Euro 1992 selection.

But Pallister was a shoe-in for the 1994 World Cup – the only problem being England failed to qualify for the tournament.

Cruelly, injury ruled out the centre-half from Euro 1996.

Those cut from Southgate's final list today will more-than-likely have the chance to feature again in a major tournament – and Pallister is urging them to prove a point.

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Speaking exclusively to SunSport, Pallister, 55, said: "It’s very difficult for players. There was Gazza who obviously he had that meltdown when Glenn [Hoddle] cut him from the squad.

"It’s difficult. But it can only make you stronger.

"You have got to take from that that you haven’t made the cut and you want to make sure the next time it comes around you do make the cut.

"You can either use it as a negative or a positive.

"You can sit and wallow in the disappointment of it or you can say ‘right I will use this as a gee me up for the next time to get into a squad and I will make sure I’m not left out’.

"It is difficult but it is how you use that event in your life."


Pallister was a defensive bedrock alongside another player overlooked by England – Steve Bruce – for United between 1989 and 1998.

In fact he did hold the record for the most consecutive minutes played by an outfield player at the club – until Harry Maguire beat it.

Pallister, who retired in July 2001 at the age of 36, started and finished 71 games in a row between November 1993 and May 1995.

He was subbed off on the hour mark in the 72nd.

Maguire matched that game number and the 79 minutes he played in the 3-1 win against Aston Villa on May 9 before coming off injured saw him beat the record.

Now, providing he overcomes an ankle ligament injury, Maguire will be doing something his predecessor Pallister never managed – featuring in that famous white shirt at a major tournament.

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