Gareth Southgate announces England squad for upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers, Cole Palmer misses out
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England manager Gareth Southgate has announced his squad for the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers fixtures against Malta and North Macedonia.
The Three Lions have already booked their place at next summer's tournament in Germany after beating Italy 3-1 in their last international in October - a win which moved them three points clear of Ukraine at the top of Group C, and a further three ahead of the Azzurri.
Southgate's men host Malta at Wembley next Friday before taking on North Macedonia at the Toše Proeski Arena in Skopje on Monday, November 20.
After an impressive start to the Premier League campaign with Aston Villa, Ollie Watkins keeps his place in the squad alongside Jarrod Bowen, James Maddison and Callum Wilson.
Here is the squad in full
Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale
Defenders: Levi Colwill, Lewis Dunk, Marc Guehi, Harry Maguire, Fikayo Tomori, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
Midfielders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jude Bellingham, Conor Gallagher, Jordan Henderson, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice
Forwards: Jarrod Bowen, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, James Maddison, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Ollie Watkins, Callum Wilson.
As you can see in the graphic above, Al Ettifaq's Jordan Henderson continues to get Southgate's backing after being booed by England fans against Italy and Australia.
And out-of-form midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who continues to struggle for first-team minutes at Manchester City, is also included.
"We know the quality of his play, he was in the team of the tournament at Euro 2020," Southgate said on Phillips. "We know he can play at this level and has continued to do a good job for us.
"We'd like him to be in a better rhythm, but that's not the case at the moment. At the same time, not many players can play in his position."
In terms of absentees, Chelsea forward Cole Palmer may feel a little aggrieved to miss out after a solid start to life at Stamford Bridge.
Raheem Sterling also misses out, meaning he has failed to make the squad for a fifth consecutive occasion.
"The team are playing really well, who do we leave out?" ❓— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 9, 2023
Gareth Southgate explains why he has decided not to include Raheem Sterling in this latest England squad 🏴 pic.twitter.com/13mQkVIAWH
All in all, Southgate has made no major changes to the England team that won back-to-back matches last month.