Tue 30 Apr 2024, 19:30 · Ash Harrison

'He's been outstanding': Gareth Southgate says what earned Anthony Gordon his England call-up

'He's been outstanding': Gareth Southgate says what earned Anthony Gordon his England call-up
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England manager Gareth Southgate has been in Newcastle today to visit the area ahead of England's fixture against Bosnia and Herzegovina at St James' Park.

Newcastle United's hallowed turf will host the England friendly on 3rd June just before Southgate and co fly off to Germany for Euro 2024.

There should be a couple of Newcastle players on that plane with Kieran Trippier almost certain to be included in the squad provided he comes back from his latest injury ok.

Callum Wilson may manage to sneak his way back in for another tournament after returning from injury and finding the net in just his second outing, especially now that the squad size for the tournament has been increased from 23 to 26.

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Anthony Gordon in action for England against Brazil

Anthony Gordon will be hoping to be involved in Euro 2024

However, there is one Newcastle player who has earned a spot in that squad more than anyone else this season and that is Anthony Gordon. The 23-year-old winger has been in amazing form all season, and it took Southgate a while, but he did eventually call up the former Everton player to his squad for the last round of friendlies.

Gordon picked up his first caps for his country and did very well when called upon, being one of England's brightest players in the friendly against Brazil.

Southgate spoke with NUFC TV while he was at St James' Park on Monday and he was asked what it was Gordon had done that saw him get the nod for England.


Southgate was very pleased with Gordon's England debut

Southgate admitted that he had been watching Gordon for a while before finally calling him up in March.

"He's been outstanding all year. We were able to see him in the Champions League games which of course is very similar to our world, it's knock-out games against top-level opponents.

"Then 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."