Gareth Southgate unhappy with Tottenham & Newcastle’s summer plans

Gareth Southgate is not happy with Tottenham and Newcastle’s post-2023/24 Premier League season plans.

England are, of course, set to compete at Euro 2024 this summer and are currently 10/3 favourites with bet365 to lift the trophy.

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Gareth Southgate hits out at Tottenham & Newcastle

Ahead of the tournament, Gareth Southgate has stated that Tottenham and Newcastle’s plans for a post-season friendly in Melbourne is not great news for England’s preparations.

The Premier League duo will play a friendly at the 100,000-capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 22, three days after the end of the Premier League season and 24 hours after Southgate names his squad for the finals.

This means the likes of James Maddison, Kieran Trippier, Anthony Gordon, Nick Pope and Callum Wilson will travel to Australia to play an extra game just weeks ahead of England’s Euro 2024 campaign, which they are all expected to be a part of.

“I think it’s often happened in the past,” Gareth Southgate said when asked for his views on the game. “It’s going to happen more and more.

“Why? Financial Fair Play means clubs need to generate their own money, so we’re in a bizarre world where there’s more money in the game than ever before, and yet everyone is scrambling across federations and clubs to generate more money. The normal way of doing that is to play more games. So is that great news for us, in terms of preparation? No.

“But we’re going to have players in the FA Cup [final, on May 25) probably, the Champions League final [June 1] hopefully and a chance of a few other European finals, so we are used to preparing this way in the end. We had to go to Qatar [for the winter World Cup] with five days prep, so we adjust to whatever it is and hope there are no injuries from that game.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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