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England Squad Announcement: Gareth Southgate to make selection for Brazil and Belgium friendlies

England manager Gareth Southgate will announce his squad for this month's Wembley friendlies against Brazil and Belgium at 14:00 GMT on Thursday 14th March.

The March internationals mark the final window of England matches before Southgate picks his final selection for the Euro 2024 finals in Germany this summer, with the allocated squad size reduced from 26 to 23 for the upcoming tournament.

This makes the latest England squad selection a crucial one, as you would imagine Southgate will be keen to introduce any fringe men to the international fold before making his final choices for this summer's finals.

One of the deepest talent pools England have ever had, the ex-Middlesbrough boss faces a number of selection dilemmas in almost every position.

Central midfield represents one of England's primary problem areas heading into this summer's Euros, with uncertainty surrounding who should partner automatic pick Declan Rice in the middle of the park.

All eyes will be on whether or not Southgate selects Jordan Henderson and Kalvin Phillips in his latest squad, with the former having been criticised for a move to the Saudi Pro League last summer and the latter struggling for form on loan at West Ham at present.

There are also a number of promising youngsters and fringe options who appear to be knocking on the door of international recognition having enjoyed strong domestic campaigns.

21-year-old central defender Jarrad Branthwaite has turned heads with his performances at Everton, whilst 18-year-old prodigy Kobbie Mainoo is already a key player at the heart of Man Utd's midfield after a stunning first team breakthrough.

Competition for places is perhaps at its strongest in forward areas, with the likes of Chelsea breakthrough star Cole Palmer, West Ham talisman Jarrod Bowen and Newcastle United livewire Anthony Gordon all facing a battle to make it on the plane to Germany.

It's fair to say Southgate has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal, with his latest picks inevitably set to prompt widespread debate and differences of opinion amongst the Three Lions faithful.

England March Friendlies:

  • England v Brazil: Saturday 23rd March, Wembley Stadium (19:00 GMT).
  • England v Belgium: Tuesday 26th March, Wembley Stadium (19:00 GMT).

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