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England’s squad shakeup: young talent called up for Euro 2024 qualifiers

Cole Palmer, Ezri Konsa, and Rico Lewis have been selected for the England team for the first time.

Cole Palmer, Ezri Konsa, and Rico Lewis have been selected for the England team for the first time.

In a series of changes to the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers, three rising stars have been added, responding to the withdrawals of James Maddison, Callum Wilson, and Lewis Dunk due to injuries. 

Chelsea forward Palmer and Manchester City defender Lewis, both previously part of the England Under-21 squad, have received promotions to Gareth Southgate’s senior team.

Youthful Brilliance: Palmer’s Ascension from U21 to Senior Squad

At just 21 years old, forward Palmer’s inclusion in the senior squad is a testament to his impressive performances, particularly during the England U21 team’s triumph in the European Championship earlier this year. The Chelsea talent has been making waves with his contributions, earning him a spot in the senior team for the Euro 2024 qualifiers.

Defensive Strength: Manchester City’s Lewis Joins the Senior Ranks

Similarly, Manchester City’s defender Lewis, another standout performer in the U21 squad, has earned a call-up to the senior team. The elevation of these young talents reflects Southgate’s recognition of their potential and contribution to England’s footballing future.

Injury Woes Continue: Bellingham’s Participation in Doubt

While these additions bring fresh energy, Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham’s participation in the upcoming qualifiers is uncertain due to a shoulder injury. The England statement highlighted that further assessments would take place as the majority of the squad reports to St George’s Park.

Challenges Ahead: Euro 2024 Qualifiers Against 

Malta and North Macedonia

England is set to face Malta on November 17 and North Macedonia on November 20 in the Euro 2024 qualifiers. The inclusion of emerging talents alongside established players underscores the team’s commitment to depth and versatility as they aim for success in the upcoming matches.

As the squad assembles for assessments at St George’s Park, the nation awaits the outcome, hopeful for a blend of experience and youthful vigor to drive England toward victory in the Euro 2024 qualifiers.

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