The good and bad news about Anthony Gordon's baffling England snub as Newcastle consider new deal


Whatever happens at Euro 2024 with Anthony Gordon should not affect the direction the 23-year-old is heading.

And that's both good and potentially bad news for Newcastle United in the next year or two because Gordon is a leading light in Europe who is beginning to attract attention further afield. Incredibly, Gordon trained as one of the 10 England players who had not featured in the awful 1-1 draw with Denmark at the Euros on Thursday teatime.

His omission left pundits like Alan Shearer completely baffled as Harry Kane struggled with a lack of legs and overall service around him before seeing his number come up long before the end. Gordon's lack of action made no sense.

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England boss Gareth Southgate went for other options as he tried to win a game that England barely deserved to draw. His defence will be that he did indeed try to change it when bringing on Eberechi Eze but his loyalty to longer serving internationals seems to be there for all to see.

There is a strong case that Southgate should have started with Newcastle star Gordon, a player who can bring power and pace to any line-up. His confidence, belief and mentality was exactly what England needed in Frankfurt but the England boss shied behind reasons only he can explain.

Don't get me wrong England are still in a strong position and will go through to the knockout stages, then it will be a case of: "Crisis? What crisis?" They could yet even make it to the latter stages but not for the first time there seems to be a fear factor in and around the England camp.

They get into a commanding position then seem to be unable to complete the job. The outcry after the Denmark game seemed to be building up.

During the last Euros, when England lost on penalties in the final to Italy, there was a lovely wave of optimism around the country that arguably drove the Three Lions to the brink of glory. That came post-lockdown when people were rediscovering what it was like to live a fuller life and get out and about once again.

The mood seems different in this tournament but that can quickly change. That can and should coincide with Gordon's inclusion against Slovenia on Tuesday night.

Whether Southgate has been keeping Gordon up his sleeve remains to be seen but if he is overlooked and doesn't play in this tournament that won't break the heart of many Newcastle fans. If Gordon is fit and ready to go for the new season that will be more than enough for many Geordies.

Mind you they also won't complain if Gordon becomes the star of the show either. That will then leave Newcastle with food for thought because Gordon's performance will then be elevated on to the bigger stage.

He bagged 11 goals and made 12 assists in a team that struggled for long periods last season. Imagine what he can do if Newcastle go out and bring in a couple of top notch attackers?

The reality is if Gordon starts the new season the way he performed for most of the last one, a new contract will have to be drawn up. With two years left of his current deal, he will have to be tied down to a more lucrative deal or the bigger guns will be calling.

Gordon is capable of catching the eye of bigger clubs in Europe and the Premier League and Newcastle will need to improve on seventh place to hold on to a star of this calibre.