England’s Jarrod Bowen will miss the final Euro 2024 qualifier
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England forward Jarrod Bowen will miss the final Euro 2024 qualifier against North Macedonia.

A minor injury has kept the West Ham player from travelling.

Neither Gareth Southgate nor the England coaching staff had enough time to properly assess the situation, so we decided it would be safer to leave him in the country.

Additionally, Newcastle defender Kieran Trippier missed Monday’s match in Skopje due to a personal matter.

The English have already secured their place in the finals as the winners of Group C.

Despite the 2-0 home win over Malta on Friday, Southgate’s side is looking for improvement.

Southgate stressed the importance of performance. In Friday’s game, we didn’t achieve the standard we set for ourselves.

We have to get back to what we’re good at. There’s always a chance within that to consider some things we’d like to see.”

They lost 7-0 at Old Trafford when these teams met in a qualifier in June. The Tose Proeski Arena is sold out for the rematch, even though the hosts cannot qualify.

Despite not qualifying, Southgate’s team has tremendous pride and they’ll be wounded by what happened in Manchester.

We need to be ready for a really good atmosphere. We will have a full stadium.

It is not appropriate to direct negativity towards the England team, said midfielder Declan Rice.

“I think people can say anything they want now. The level of the team is ridiculous.” Rice said.