England squad announcement: Gareth Southgate got a lot right picking one of the most difficult squads of his tenure but there was one HUGE opportunity missed

Gareth Southgate, Ross Barkley, Kobbie Mainoo and Jordan Henderson
[Clockwise L to R] Gareth Southgate, Ross Barkley, Kobbie Mainoo and Jordan Henderson (Image credit: Getty Images)

England's squad for the final international break before Euro 2024 was one of the most anticipated of the Gareth Southgate era, and barring injury or a catastrophic nose dive in form, Jordan Henderson will be on the plane to Germany. You need to get used to it if you don't like that. Sorry.

Competition for squad places was fierce for this one and Southgate got a lot right with this latest announcement. Joe Gomez: versatile, playing well, a calm presence capable of playing in high-pressure games. Anthony Gordon: 15 goals and 11 assists in all comps, in a struggling team – form that can’t be ignored. 

Jarrad Branthwaite: needs to be integrated into the senior squad having graduated through youth ranks, he’s a left-sided physical presence and England has weakened in central defence each tournament under Southgate. Cole Palmer, a creative spark who could be a useful gear change from the bench.

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Matthew Ketchell
Deputy Editor

A former goalkeeper, Ketch joined FourFourTwo as Deputy Editor in 2022 having worked across ChronicleLive, LeedsLive, Hull Daily Mail, YorkshireLive, Teesside Gazette and the Huddersfield Examiner as a Northern Football Editor. Prior to that he was the Senior Writer at BBC Match of the Day magazine. He has interviewed the likes of Harry Kane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gareth Southgate and attended two World Cup finals and two Champions League finals. He has been a Newcastle United season ticket holder since 2000 and has a deep knowledge on the history and culture of football shirts.