Why these Leicester players were cut from Europa League squad

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Leicester City are now one of the elites in domestic English football and there is no doubt about that. After two consecutive top five finishes and consistently finishing above the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal, the Foxes are on an upward trajectory.

With the additions of prestigious trophies like FA cup and Community Shield, the club from midlands are slowly becoming a big name in club football. However, the ambitions of the club are not yet fulfilled and the club hierarchy surely does not want to stop here as they desire more success. The rise of LCFC has been magnificent and now to showcase that on a global scale, Brendan Rodger’s team awaits the European competition.

In the Europa League last time around they were beaten by an aggregate score of 2-0, all the goals being scored at KPS itself by Slavia Praha. This season, the current  FA Cup champions are placed in Group C with Napoli, Legis Warsaw and Spartak Moscow.

Yesterday, the gaffer confirmed his squad for the European competition which included the names of: Jamie Vardy, Patson Daka, Kelechi Iheanacho, Kasper Schmeichel, Danny Ward, Eldin Jakupovic, Caglar Soyuncu, Ryan Bertrand, Jonny Evans, Ricardo, Jannik Vestergaard, Timothy Castagne, Filip Benkovic, Harvey Barnes, Marc Albrighton, Youri Tielemans, James Maddison, Daniel Amartey, Hamza Choudhary, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Wilfred Ndidi, Ademola Lookman, Boubakary Soumare, Ayoze Perez.

There’s no space for James Justin or Wesley Fofana who are both injured; Papy Mendy is absent and likely to leave on loan. Luke Thomas doesn’t need to be registered because he’s an academy product under the age of 21, reported BBC Sport Leicester.

This month would be a crucial one for Kasper Schmeichel’s team as they face Manchester City on 11th September at home, followed by Napoli who will visit King Power Stadium on 16th September to kick off their new Europa league season.