Gareth Southgate has selected England’s squad for the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifying matches against North Macedonia and Malta. Although England has qualified for Euro 2024, it is unlikely that Gareth Southgate will alter his squad for the remaining two games in their group.
England has already advanced to the finals and will use the remaining two games as preparation time before the championships in Germany the following year. To secure the top positions, English teams must finish first in their group, and the top five for the most points scored in their group during the European qualifiers.
Southgate was devastated by the passing of Bobby Charlton a month ago. Wembley Stadium will honor him in remembrance of him during England’s match against Malta.
He considered him universally admired and unquestionably the finest player of all time. Considering his accomplishments at the World Cup, his triumph in the European Cup, and his contributions to every club.
“That’s sad. Having several encounters with him was a pleasure, and he was genuinely modest. Despite our sincere condolences to his family, we have made arrangements to commemorate his life at Wembley.”
The On-Form England Squad
To qualify for Pot 1, Southgate’s squad must earn a victory and one draw. They currently hold the fourth-most points. That could suffice if additional favorable circumstances transpire and they prevail over Malta on Friday.
Portugal has 24 points, Slovenia has 19, and France holds 18. England holds sixteen points. Because Slovenia and Portugal are divided into qualifying divisions with six other teams, their point totals will be reduced. In the rankings, performances against sixth-placed opponents will not be factored in.
England continues to have a chance as the qualification process nears its conclusion. Southgate is expected to exert maximum effort over the following week.
Given that England has already qualified, the in-form striker Ollie Watkins may be allowed to demonstrate his prowess overseas.
Harry Maguire, Jude Bellingham, Harry Kane, and Jordan Pickford all have a spot on the squad.
Maguire’s form and playing time at Manchester United have both improved recently.
Real Madrid’s victories over Valencia over the weekend and Braga in the Champions League this week did not feature Bellingham.
Carlo Ancelotti, the head coach of Real Madrid, stated that despite traveling to England to join the group, Bellingham would only appear for a place other than England.
“He will travel to Spain for evaluation, but I anticipate his return here [in Spain] shortly,” Ancelotti said in a press release.
Bukayo Saka has returned to the squad following an injury-related absence during the previous international break; Callum Wilson has also been mentioned as a potential replacement for Southgate. Reece James is not in action until he recovers from an injury.
Shaw is nearly prepared to return to action after a three-month absence due to a muscle injury. Chilwell, conversely, is anticipated to experience an extended absence due to a quadriceps injury.
Levi Colwill made his England debut in the fullback position against Australia. However, he performed poorly and is now out for the season.
Despite the numerous calls for Southgate to dismiss Jordan Henderson and Kalvin Phillips, the two remain squad members. James Ward-Prowse continues to be overlooked.
Chelsea midfielder Raheem Sterling remains sidelined due to the selection of alternative candidates, such as Jarrod Bowen, in his place.