We bring you details of a UEFA rule alteration that could impact players within the Euro Cup national teams. UEFA have made a most important rule change ahead of the 2024 European Championships in Germany, which could impact players from Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United side. In Euro 2020, teams were permitted to select 26-man teams for the competition, which rose from 23 following the COVID-19 disease three years ago.
This law was then carried over into the 2022 Qatar World Cup, to also ease the impact on players due to the competition being held in the middle of the local season. However, as Article 48 of UEFA’s rules state, the squad number is set to return to its previous sum of 23 for Euro 2024, with England manager Gareth Southgate and other national side managers now facing tough choices.
Whom to pick or whom to leave for the Euro Cup
As they look to update their squads in the coming months. It is a decision that will most likely not affect Newcastle star Kieran Trippier, who has been a regular under Southgate since the 2018 World Cup. However, it could harm the chances of players such as Callum Wilson and Anthony Gordon as they look to either harden their spots or break into the national team for the first time.
Wilson, 31, made a return to the Three Lions for the Qatar World Cup, where he went on to score during the 6-2 win against Iran in the group stages. However, was not called up in the freshest squad, which saw Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins and Arsenal ace Eddie Nketiah named in its place. Meanwhile, Gordon has enjoyed a strong start to the 2023/24 drive with the Magpies and is pushing for a chance in the England Euro Cup squad.
But will face a tough race from the likes of Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford and Jarrod Bowen ahead of him. Speaking on Gordon’s probabilities of being involved in Southgate’s plans for Euro 2024, Howe said, I’m sure Gareth is aware of him and I’m sure he’s been alert of him for a long time. All Anthony can do is just keep performing like he has and keep his attitude as strong as it has been.
Important Euro Cup Germany Qualifiers to keep a look at in November
Group C is set for an exciting finale, Wales’ recovery continues and Kazakhstan’s faiths remain alive as the Euro 2024 Qualifiers enter the final square. Qualification is certain to go right down to the wire in Group C, with Ukraine and Italy set to face off in the Matchday 10 game, which will decide who takes the second automatic qualification place behind the England national football team.
The Azzurri first take on a North Macedonia side which they have failed to beat in their last three meetings. Should Luciano Spalletti’s side emerge champion, they would only need to avoid defeat against Ukraine to promise a tilt at defending their Euro Cup crown in Germany next summer. If Italy fails to beat North Macedonia, however, Ukraine would be the one requiring only a draw to qualify and send their rivals into the playoffs.
Wales Euro Cup side turning things around
2016 semi-finalists Wales got off to a slow start in their Group D drive, picking up just four points from their opening four games. Since then, they have charted back-to-back wins to reignite their hopes, including a chiefly impressive win against Croatia on Matchday 8 which lifted them above their rivals into second place.
Rob Page’s side now knows two more wins against Armenia and already-qualified Turkey will secure qualification for their third Euro Cup Final in a row, but they will need to guard against satisfaction after losing to both rivals in the reverse fixtures. I’m so proud of them all, Page said of his side after the crucial victory over Croatia. We can’t wait to get ready for the next game.
Kazakhstan dares to dream of a place in Euro Cup 2024
Kazakhstan remains hopeful of qualifying for a first major competition thanks to their comeback win against Finland on Matchday 8. They take on point-less San Marino on Matchday 9 before leaders Denmark and Slovenia face-off and a Kazakhstan triumph would ensure they go into the final matchday with their odds of booking a place at the Euro 2024 still very much alive.
We have fought for every single point in this drive, coach Magomed Aliyev said after the win against Finland. Even though the rival was very strong, we achieved to get the win in the end. Now we are really happy and it is time to rejoice. Those celebrations will only deepen if they can make history and settle Euro Cup qualification.