On the plane, out of time and future stars - How England's Euro 2024 plans will affect Newcastle

Newcastle United have just four top flight fixtures remaining this term before attention turns to what Gareth Southgate's England can do on the international stage. This summer's European Championships, hosted by Germany, are already promising so much with England currently the bookies' marginal favourite to emerge victorious come July 14.

The Three Lions' upcoming tournament hopes will somewhat impact Newcastle's Premier League run-in, with Southgate poised to select members of Eddie Howe's Magpies collective for his summer squad and others already attempting to stake their claim for the future.

But who will be on the plane, who will miss out and who is on the radar for beyond the summer?

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Anthony Gordon

“He’s been outstanding all year,” Southgate said of Newcastle favourite Anthony Gordon just this week. "The fact that he’s weighing in with goals is important, but also the work he does off the ball. He works tirelessly for the team, and I think we saw that with our games in March as well. We were very pleased with what he did.”

Gordon's impressive return of 10 goals, nine assists and six penalties won this season would make him a shoe-in for most squads in seasons gone by. However, Newcastle's wide man is excelling in a crowded field when it comes to fellow attackers also jostling for a seat on the plane.

Bukayo Saka is a shoe-in for selection, while Cole Palmer has consistently dragged Chelsea through tough games this season and is currently leading the race for the Premier League golden boot. Throw Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham into the mix and England's attacking options rightly make them tournament favourites.

Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford may not be in form at present but have significant experience in an England shirt - and Southgate trusts them on the big stage. Add stars like Jarrod Bowen and Eberechi Eze to boot and it shows just how hard Gordon must fight for his spot.

However, given his impressive England debut back in March - and his magnificent season in black and white - you'd be a brave man to bet against seeing Gordon in Germany across June and July.

Kieran Trippier

Kieran Trippier remains sidelined with a calf problem he has struggled to shake and Newcastle's vice-captain certainly has Euro 2024 on his mind. The right-back is working back to full fitness courtesy of some Dubai training sessions of late but is in no hurry to return prematurely at club level and potentially scupper his chances of appearing at one final tournament with his country.

Newcastle have soldiered on with Tino Livramento, Jacob Murphy and Emil Krafth filling in at right-back in recent weeks but could do with their defensive leader back on the pitch for their final outings of the season. Trippier knows if he does manage to return before the season finale that any further setback will likely rule him out of the Germany showpiece, with his plane ticket all but certainly waiting for him if he desires.

“He is an important part of our squad,” said Southgate when speaking at St James’ Park earlier this week with the England Supporters’ Club. “He is a very experienced player at international level. You know as well as we do the leadership qualities that he has, the impact that he has on the team and on the squad.

“He fulfils a very similar role for us and, of course, that adaptability that he can play on the right or the left is important to us as well.”

Out of time

Both Callum Wilson and Nick Pope were in Southgate's squad for the 2022 Qatar World Cup but the Newcastle duo aren't expected to be called upon this time around. Both have had their well-documented injury struggles this season, with Wilson only recently returning to the pitch and Pope only involved in certain training sessions at present.

Wilson looked sharp in Saturday's 5-1 win over Sheffield United and found the net as if he hadn't missed a beat in a Newcastle shirt. Howe has since subtly hinted a strong end to the season for the striker could result in a late call-up for England but even if Wilson ends the campaign with a flurry - and stays fully fit - he, like Gordon, is up against a wealth of competition.

Harry Kane, Ollie Watkins, Dominic Solanke and Ivan Toney are the four central strikers expected to battle it out given their impressive seasons respectively.

Pope is unlikely to be both back to full fitness and back in the swing of things by the time mid-June rolls around - and even if that was the case, the former Burnley stopper has been left out by Southgate in recent squads even when fit. Jordan Pickford, Sam Johnstone and Aaron Ramsdale are expected to be the trio of choice, while Jack Butland has proved a revelation at Rangers and Dean Henderson is enjoying game time at in-form Crystal Palace.

Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson on England duty at the World Cup
Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson on England duty at the World Cup -Credit:Markus Gilliar/Getty Images

Ones to watch

There is unlikely to be any late surprises in regards to Newcastle players earning shock call-ups this time around but looking beyond the summer, there will be major interest in the likes of Tino Livramento, Lewis Hall, Lewis Miley and Elliot Anderson moving forward.

Scotland have made tempting offers to both Livramento and Anderson in months gone by, with the latter even earning a call-up to Steve Clarke's squad for internationals earlier this season. Anderson ultimately pulled out of the camp before kicking a ball for Scotland - and now England are set to try and tempt him their way.

Livramento has earned his stripes at under-21 level but despite an exciting debut campaign on Tyneside, this summer's senior tournament is expected to come too soon for the versatile full-back. As already mentioned in other cases, the competition in his area of the pitch is again frightening.

"Tino, for such a young guy, is unbelievable," team-mate Trippier said recently. "He's versatile, right-back, left-back, like myself. He’ll be unbelievable for Newcastle in the future, and an England right-back as well - that is how highly I rate him."

With no under-20 or 21 tournaments this summer, a well-deserved summer of rest is in store for the aforementioned stars, as well as both Hall and Miley. However, both Newcastle youngsters have been catching the eye at youth level for their country and a similar level of progression as they mature will surely see them in the frame for the senior side in years to come.