This evening, England will visit North Macedonia to play their last match in the Euro Qualifier. Having 19 points from the first seven games, England already have sealed the top place in Group C. They are six points ahead of the second-placed, Italy.
On the flip, North Macedonia’s elimination has already been confirmed as they picked up only seven points from the first seven matches. North Macedonia qualified for the Euro 2020 but failed to qualify for the Euro 2024, which will take place in Germany.
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The Three Lions have been doing great under Gareth Southgate. Gareth Southgate has introduced so many star players for England. But despite having tons of star players, England failed to win a single trophy under Gareth Southgate.
They were so close to winning the UEFA Euro in 2020. Unfortunately, they lost the final to Italy in tie-breakers, where Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho missed two penalties in a row. In the last World Cup in Qatar, there was a high hope on England. But they failed once again as the Three Lions were eliminated from the quarterfinal by France, the runner-up of the Qatar World Cup.
They are now preparing for the Euro 2024. But it will not be an easy task for the Three Lions to win the title. Teams like Portugal, Germany, Spain, and Italy have been doing very well in the qualifiers. But England have so much potential to show in this upcoming event. Their last game in the qualifiers is set to start this evening against North Macedonia.
Manchester United’s striker Marcus Rashford got a knock during England’s last match against Malta. Although it is not a serious case, Rashford is likely to be benched against North Macedonia.
On Sunday, defender Kieran Trippier informed the team that he won’t travel to North Macedonia due to his personal issues. Meanwhile, West Ham’s midfielder Jarron Bowen got an injury and will miss tonight’s match.
The injury list is huge for England as Luke Shaw, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, John Stones, James Maddison, and Nick Pope are out of the team due to injury cases.
But England boss Southgate doesn’t want to make any excuse. “We need to adapt. We have got a couple of different options and we are comfortable with it, we can find a good solution to the issue,” Southgate said.
He added, “We haven’t got someone that is playing there regularly, but we have adapted to a lot of situations over the past couple of years, and we are confident of doing that again.”
Possible Lineup for North Macedonia:
Dimitrievski; Ashkovski, Serafimov, Musliu; Dimoski, Atanasov, Elezi, Alioski; Ristovski, Bardhi, Elmas
Possible Lineup for England:
Pickford; Walker, Guehi, Maguire, Lewis; Alexander-Arnold, Rice, Phillips; Grealish, Kane, Saka
Prediction: England 2-0 North Macedonia
Although North Macedonia is the home side, it will be really difficult for them to beat England. Moreover, North Macedonia were humiliated by Italy in their last game, conceding five goals. They also lost brutally in their last meeting against England by a 7-0 margin. Therefore, England is a clear favorite for tonight’s match.
North Macedonia: 19.05
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