Southgate Announces Bowen and Trippier Out for Euro 2024 Qualifier
|Jarrod Bowen of England warms up during the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between England and Malta at Wembley Stadium on November 17, 2023 in London, United Kingdom.(Image-Getty)|
In a pre-match press conference on Sunday, England manager Gareth Southgate disclosed that Jarrod Bowen and Kieran Trippier will be unavailable for their final Euro 2024 qualifier against North Macedonia on Monday. Bowen, the forward representing West Ham United, is sidelined due to a minor injury. Southgate reassured reporters that although he doesn't believe it to be a serious issue, the limited time available prevented a comprehensive assessment, and caution dictated against taking any unnecessary risks.
On the defensive front, Newcastle United's Trippier will also be absent from the match, citing an unspecified personal matter as the reason for his non-participation. The nature of Trippier's situation remains undisclosed, leaving room for speculation.
Despite the absence of these key players, the upcoming match in Skopje holds minimal significance for England. Having already secured their qualification for the 2024 finals in Germany as Group C winners, the team approaches this fixture with less pressure, allowing Southgate to make adjustments and assess alternative strategies for the upcoming challenges in the tournament.