Gareth Southgate issues England selection warning ahead of Euro 2024

England secured their spot at Euro 2024 in October and bagged top spot in their qualifying group this past Friday with a win over Malta.

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Southgate sends Euro 2024 warning

Ahead of next summer, Gareth Southgate says he cannot afford to select players who are not fully fit in his Euro 2024 squad, and admitted he favours those who can play in multiple positions.

This comes with England only able to name 23 players in their squad for next summer’s European Championship in Germany, having previously taken 26 to both the Euro 2020 tournament and 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The England boss said about the return to 23-man squads: “It makes it a different sort of thought process, because you’ve had that leeway in the last couple of tournaments to take players that weren’t going to be fit for the first couple of games, or a bit of cover in a couple of positions that you might or might not have needed.

“This time, the physical condition of the players is going to be really important, the ability of players to bat out six or seven games.

“We know, having been to the latter end of two tournaments, the physical demands of that were far greater than we would have known, had we not been through that experience. We know that that’s a huge requirement. If you can only take two for each position, then players that are adaptable are helpful, players that can play more than one position are helpful.

“But equally, players that are physically vulnerable we’ve got to think very carefully about. I wouldn’t say all 23 [need to be totally fit], but we can take far fewer gambles than we were able to to the last two tournaments where it was 26.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.