Gareth Southgate has revealed that Anthony Gordon is ‘very close’ to an England call-up after the Newcastle winger was once again snubbed for this latest round of fixtures.
Despite a great start to the season at St James’ Park, Southgate opted to pick his regulars like Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish; who have one Premier League goal between them this season.
But it wasn’t all bad news for the 22-year-old – Southgate did add that he’s a fan of the attacker and appreciates his attitude and strong work ethic that he’s shown under Eddie Howe. Here’s what the England boss had to say:
“He’s a good player. He was very good with our Under-21s last year. He’s very close, I have to say. I like his attitude, I like the way he works so hard for the team.
“Of course, I’m sure he was hoping to get a call at this moment, but there are good players playing well in that position on the field.
“But I think, like a couple of others, they’ve always got to think a little bit further ahead as to, you know, opportunities that can come up. I think for somebody like Anthony that’s eminently possible with us.”
It’s good for Newcastle in that it gives the forward a much needed two week rest, but it does beg the question what more Gordon has to do to get into the Three Lions squad.
With rumours circulating that he may opt to switch his allegiance to Scotland ahead of Euro 2024, Gordon certainly has a lot to think on regarding Southgate’s comments.