Questions for Gareth Southgate Thursday squad announcement
On 9 September, the Three Lions face Ukraine in a Euro 2024 qualifier before taking on Scotland in a 150th anniversary friendly (12 September).
Only four international camps remain before Southgate names his squad for the European Championship in Germany next summer, a tournament that could be his last as England manager when his contract expires in December 2024.
It was acknowledged that England had made real progress in their playing style after Southgate’s selection of tried and trusted players led them to the Euro 2020 final and quarter-final at the World Cup in Qatar.
Here are some selection dilemmas we might see this time around.
To build consistency in results and performance, Southgate stated when the last England squad was announced in May that he will pick the best players available.
After many years with England, Jordan Henderson has left Liverpool to join Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia.
As Southgate said he spoke to Henderson about the transfer, it will be interesting to see how the move affects Henderson’s England prospects.
Players at the top teams face challenges and pressures that make them better equipped to deal with international expectations, according to the England manager.
The 27-year-old has yet to play a minute for Manchester City this season after promising to stay at the club after the 7-0 win over North Macedonia in June.
Southgate hinted during the last camp that players who don’t play regularly for their clubs can’t always be included in the England squad, and Phillips’ lack of game time may make it difficult for him to be included. While there aren’t many other options in his position, that may prevent him from being completely cut out.
Eberechi Eze made his international debut during the last international camp. So far this season, he has been Palace’s standout attacking player, and he looks set to maintain his place in the squad as he attempts to force himself into Euros contention.