Cole Palmer benched as Gary Neville predicts England’s front-three for Euro 2024

Gary Neville has predicted England's Euro 2024 front-three

Gary Neville has predicted England’s Euro 2024 front-three (Picture: Getty)

Gary Neville has predicted England’s front-three for Euro 2024 – with Chelsea star and Premier League young player of the season Cole Palmer missing out.

Gareth Southgate is blessed with an embarrassment of attacking riches for the upcoming Euros, where England will attempt to win their first men’s major trophy since 1966.

The Three Lions are captained by one of the most prolific strikers in the world in Harry Kane, while they have some of the most exciting attackers around in Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham and Palmer.

Palmer left Premier League champions Manchester City to join Chelsea last summer and enjoyed a sensational first season at Stamford Bridge, scoring 24 goals and making 13 assists.

The 22-year-old will undoubtedly be included in England’s final 26-man squad for the Euros – which will be announced on Saturday – with the only real question whether or not he can force his way into the starting line-up.

Palmer did his chances no harm as he impressed in England’s penultimate warm-up game against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday night, scoring his first goal in international football in the 3-0 win at St James’ Park.

Despite Palmer’s breakout season, ex-Manchester United and England defender Neville says the Chelsea star will ‘likely’ start the tournament on the bench, tipping Foden and Saka to play either side of Kane.

Cole Palmer enjoyed a sensational season at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Barring a late and disastrous injury blow, Kane will lead the line for England following a season in which he contributed 44 goals in 45 games for his new club Bayern Munich.

Neville expects Saka to play on the right after helping his boyhood side Arsenal mount another title challenge and says Foden, fresh from winning a sixth Premier League, will slot in on the left.

Discussing the England selection dilemmas ahead of Euro 2024, Neville said in The Overlap newsletter: ‘The question is, how on earth can Gareth get all of them into his team and maintain some balance?

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‘He can’t keep all the people happy all of the time. And Southgate has shown in the past that he doesn’t do popularity contest. Last night’s 3-0 win over Bosnia probably just makes the issues even more confusing.

‘Kane at centre forward is, of course, a given. Bellingham presumably plays behind him as a No.10 in a midfield three, with Saka off the right, where he always plays for Arsenal and England.

‘Yet Foden is the Player of the Year and has to start. His favourite position would probably …read more

Source:: Metro


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