‘It’s going to be difficult’: Southgate agonises over seven-player squad cut

Southgate must submit 26-man squad to Uefa by FridayCole Palmer and Eberechi Eze make strong cases for inclusion

Gareth Southgate admitted it is going to be “difficult” to axe seven players from his squad by Friday’s midnight deadline after England’s ultimately comfortable 3-0 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina produced several strong auditions for Euro 2024.

Southgate is preparing for the tournament with 33 players but can submit only 26 names to Uefa by the Friday deadline. The victory at St James’ Park on Monday night only added to his dilemmas as Chelsea’s Cole Palmer and Crystal Palace’s Eberechi Eze ranked among those making strong cases for inclusion.

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