Newcastle United stars summer decision imminent amid 'spinning plates' admission

England boss Gareth Southgate says he is 'spinning plates' as he tinkers and experiments with his side ahead of Euro 2024 - and the Three Lions boss certainly has a selection dilemma on his hands as he prepares to cut his Euro 2024 squad down from 33 to 26 this Friday.

Southgate's men ran out 3-0 winners over Bosnia and Herzegovina at Newcastle United's home, with Kieran Trippier leading the side out in front of 50,000 passionate supporters on Tyneside. The Newcastle star insists he has overcome recent injury struggles and is raring to go ahead of this summer's tournament, which could be his last, with his inclusion all but assured when the announcement arrives later this week.

Trippier started on the left of England's back four and may well be needed to fill in there later this month due to Luke Shaw's fitness concerns ahead of the tournament.

Anthony Gordon was also in attendance on Monday evening but played no part in the clearcut Bosnia win as he overcomes an Achilles injury suffered at Old Trafford last month. The Newcastle flyer also missed the post-season trip to Australia with his club team-mates but is confident of being involved against Iceland at Wembley later this week.

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You suspect the only way Gordon does not find himself on the plane to Germany later this month is if his injury does not subside in time. After such a stellar season in black and white, and a promising senior England debut back in March, the former Everton star would be a huge miss if he is left at home later this month.

However, England do have an array of attacking ability at their disposal this summer and the competition for places became even more fierce on Tyneside this week.

Crystal Palace's Eberechi Eze excelled in Gordon's usual position out on the left, earning praise for his showing before being withdrawn shortly after the hour mark. Chelsea's Cole Palmer was another stand out in the No 10 role and is another destined to force his way into the Euro plans. Jarrod Bowen, another winger, started on the opposite flank and has also enjoyed a strong season at club level with West Ham United.

"We understand the significance for all of the players so we're giving it the respect and attention it deserves to make fair, right decisions," Southgate told reporters after the friendly win.

"Of course, it's always going to be subjective. It's not just getting the best individuals in, there's a positional element to that as well. We've got really good options and I think we've come through tonight without any physical issues, which is really important."

The England boss continued: "Some players needed the game, they needed the minutes and they need the minutes again on Friday. That's why we brought Harry Kane on. He needed some match time today and then to back that up.

"We're spinning a lot of plates trying to get individuals into things, manage minutes, perform well and everything else, but I think it was a good night for us."