5 Issues England need to Solve before Euro 2024

After their poor performance against Iceland, England has five main areas that need to be solved before Euro 2024.

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He is focal to England's chances at Euro 2024.

England is gearing up for Euro 2024 but their preparation for the tournament could not have gone any worse.

They suffered an embarrassing 1-0 loss to Iceland, following an uninspired display in the friendly match at Wembley.

So instead of going to Germany with a fanfare, they will enter the tournament with concerns looming.

Questions have been raised over certain squad omissions like Jack Grealish and whether the side is fully prepared for Euro 2024, which begins on June 14.

With the first match being against Serbia on June 16, Gareth Southgate has several issues that require immediate attention.

We look at five things England must solve to give themselves the best chance of success at Euro 2024.

The Central Point Must be Bellingham

England’s Euro 2024 build-up has been accompanied by the discussion of getting Phil Foden into the central position where he was outstanding with 27 goals for Manchester City this season.

This is opposed to being out wide where he has featured for his country.

Foden played the central role against Iceland but strangely, he played it too safe at times.

He must start the first game against Serbia but it is more likely to be out wide in a team built around Jude Bellingham.

Bellingham will join up with the squad after a stellar first season with Real Madrid, which included winning the Champions League.

He is focal to England’s chances of success at Euro 2024.

Who Partners Rice?

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This is something Gareth Southgate needs to solve and it is an area where all the contenders still lay claim to being the midfield partner for Declan Rice.

Against Iceland, Rice’s partnership with Manchester United’s Kobbie Mainoo appeared too conservative.

The teenager was also at fault for Iceland’s goal, having been caught out of position.

For Crystal Palace’s Adam Wharton, he made a huge impact with his cameo in the 3-0 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 3, 2024.

He was on the bench against Iceland so the poor England display would have done him no harm.

Undoubtedly, Trent Alexander-Arnold would be the most ambitious partner with Rice, utilising his passing range to provide an added attacking dimension.

He came on at Wembley and created moments of danger, but played in his regular right-back position.

It is a problem that Southgate needs to solve before England’s first game against Serbia.

Will Palmer replace Saka?

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Following his exceptional season at Chelsea, Cole Palmer has forced his way into the conversation about whether he could start at Euro 2024.

Palmer’s goal against Bosnia means he has scored in the Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Community Shield and on the international stage this season.

He showed flashes of why he is a contender for a starting place.

But the question remains whether Palmer has done enough to replace Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, who has been Southgate’s go-to person on the right wing in recent times.

It is a good headache for any manager to have.

However, it seems likely that Saka will still start given how many big performances he has had for England.

Defensive Issues

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Ahead of Euro 2024, there are defensive issues such as injury concerns and players being off the pace.

On June 7, John Stones had to be replaced after an Iceland player fell on his ankle.

With Harry Maguire ruled out of Euro 2024 with injury, the last thing Southgate wants is for another key defender to be injured.

Against Iceland, Stones looked short of match sharpness.

He has only played 16 matches for Manchester City in the 2023/24 Premier League season.

Stones has shaken off the injury scare but there is still concern that he may reinjure himself during Euro 2024.

Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi looks a likely starter against Serbia and there is hope that the experienced Stones is alongside him.

Kieran Trippier also looked off the pace at left-back while Luke Shaw is making his comeback from injury, having not played since early February.

Trippier is 33 and his season has been plagued with injuries and loss of form.

He has only played 13 games for Newcastle United. If he is to start at left-back against Serbia, question marks will remain.

Problems at Both Ends of the Pitch

In the match against Iceland, there was no threat from England.

Southgate’s side had just one shot on target and rarely caused issues for the Iceland defence.

When playing against a well-drilled defence, England has had this problem before.

This is worrying given the attacking prowess of Harry Kane, Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka and Anthony Gordon.

Iceland’s victory was a deserved one and they could have had more goals.

Iceland easily cut through England’s midfield and also caught them on the counter.

If Iceland can do it then the likes of France, Spain and Germany will be encouraged.

Sverrir Ingi Ingason should have scored with a header he directed straight at Aaron Ramsdale, who also had to do better with Iceland’s winner.

As the countdown to Euro 2024 intensifies, England hopes that they put the dismal match against Iceland behind them and perform at their best.

The match against Iceland was a friendly so here’s hoping the side raises their game when Euro 2024 starts.

Gareth Southgate has a lot of things to consider before the first match against Serbia and must continue making tactical adjustments to ensure England goes far in the tournament and potentially win.

Dhiren is a News & Content Editor who loves all things football. He also has a passion for gaming and watching films. His motto is to "Live life one day at a time".

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