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England's possible team for Euro 2024: Minor tweaks expected for European Championships

It may be less than two weeks since England's quarter-final defeat to France at the World Cup in Qatar, but attention has already turned to what's next for the national team.

The Three Lions had every chance of going all the way this month, but they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Les Bleus, with striker Harry Kane missing a crucial late penalty that would have sent the match to extra-time.

In the aftermath, England boss Gareth Southgate confirmed he would consider his position, but he is now to stay put for the European Championships in 2024.

The 52-year-old said he was "conflicted" about his role after another disappointing result, but he has now guided England to the last eight and last four at a World Cup, as well as the final of Euro 2020.

Thankfully for the FA, Southgate has now vowed to continue, with his contract expiring in December 2024, six months after the tournament in Germany.

Planning will soon start for the Euros, with England due to face Italy, Ukraine, Malta and North Macedonia in their qualifying group.

Their next match comes in March 2023 against the Azzurri, but there is the possibility that England's starting XI for Euro 2024 will be different to the one that started against Iran in Qatar.

We take a look at who could make the cut and consider those on the fringes before qualifying gets under way.

Pickford's place should be fairly secure

Southgate named Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope and Aaron Ramsdale as his three goalkeepers for Qatar, and barring injury; the trio have every chance of retaining their places for Euro 2024.

At 28, Everton ace Pickford is about to enter his prime years as a goalkeeper, and he could be England's number one for the World Cup in 2026 as well.

Pickford's displays in Qatar were as impressive as ever, and he made crucial saves against the USA and Senegal to help England progress to the last eight.

Arsenal keeper Ramsdale does have experience of two major finals, and if he can help the Gunners win the Premier League, Southgate may gave him more minutes in the build-up to Euro 2024.

For now, England's No.1 jersey is Pickford's to lose, while Pope and Dean Henderson are likely to fight it out for the third spot.

Walker and Trippier places under threat

Southgate named eight recognised defenders in his squad in November, but Trent Alexander-Arnold and Conor Coady had to watch on from the bench for the majority of the tournament.

Alexander-Arnold was handed a cameo appearance against Wales from the bench, but his chances of playing in Germany could be better.

Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier will be 34 and 33 respectively by the time the Euros start and there is no guarantee their fitness will be as strong as it is now.

Walker and Trippier have had injury issues of late, while Chelsea's Reece James will hope to return to the fold after an injury ruled him out in Qatar.

The tournament is likely to come too soon for Tino Livramento and Djed Spence, who are currently part of the U21's group.

Ben Chilwell should provide competition for Luke Shaw at left-back, while Marc Guehi, Fikayo Tomori and Ben White will certainly fancy their chances of dislodging John Stones and Harry Maguire from their regular centre-back spots.

England are 10/11 to qualify from Group C and reach Euro 2024, and they will need plenty of leadership from the back to have a chance of success in Germany.

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Midfield should be primed and ready

England's midfield has often been a headache for previous managers, with the Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard debate causing issues for several years.

Thankfully for Southgate, some of his first-choice midfielders will only have improved by the time the Euros starts in 2024.

Declan Rice will likely have tested himself in the Champions League after leaving West Ham, while Jude Bellingham will turn 21 while the tournament is taking place.

Southgate has a plethora of options in the middle of the park, and both Jack Grealish and James Maddison will hope to do enough to impress the Three Lions boss.

While Jordan Henderson may drop out, club team-mate Harvey Elliott is someone who is pushing for a spot in the England set-up.

Cole Palmer, Jacob Ramsey, Carney Chukwuemeka and Oliver Skipp are all youth internationals on Southgate's radar, but it remains to be seen whether they can catch his eye in the next 18 months.

Kane to continue to lead forwards

While Kane missed a penalty against Didier Deschamps' side, he will surely still be the captain for the upcoming tournament in Germany.

His role in England's team will stay the same, barring injury, but Southgate still has to think about his options in the final third.

Marcus Rashford and Callum Wilson were tasked with supporting Kane from the bench, and both made an impact in Qatar.

Wilson's injury record could prevent him from featuring at Euro 2024, and Ivan Toney, Ollie Watkins and Tammy Abraham will all be breathing down his neck in order to secure a spot.

Jadon Sancho was left out of England's squad for Qatar, but he is still young enough to return, while Everton's Anthony Gordon could sneak in if he can maintain his current form for the Toffees.

England are 7/1 to win the tournament in two years’ time, and there should be plenty of optimism ahead of qualifying, with England's next crop of youngsters waiting in the wings to prove they can handle the big occasion.

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