Gareth Southgate confirms Jarrod Bowen has pulled out of England squad due to injury

Jarrod Bowen had been hoping to cement his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad (Picture: Getty)

Gareth Southgate has confirmed Jarrod Bowen has been forced to pull out of the England squad ahead of tomorrow’s European Championship qualifier against North Macedonia.

The West Ham winger has been in superb goalscoring form this season and had been hoping to cement his place in Southgate’s plans ahead of Euro 2024 next summer.

Bowen was an unused substitute in Friday’s win over Malta at Wembley and will not feature in Skopje after sustaining a kneeinjury in training.

‘Unfortunately Jarrod picked up an injury, I think he felt it a little bit yesterday and again at the end of training today,’ confirmed Southgate at his pre-match press conference.

‘We didn’t really have enough time to assess it fully and make a really accurate decision before the game so we felt better to leave him in England so that he can get it properly assessed.

Newcastle United full-back Kieran Trippier has also pulled out of the England squad (Picture: Getty)

‘I don’t think it’s going to be anything serious but we just didn’t have enough time and we wouldn’t take a risk in that situation.”

Bowen’s departure follows that of defender Trippier, who left the England camp earlier on Sunday due to a personal matter.

England end their Euro 2024 qualification campaign and 2023 fixture calendar in Skopje on Monday night, when they will be unable to call upon Newcastle full-back Trippier.

The England account on X, formerly known as Twitter, said: ‘@trippier2 has departed the £ThreeLions camp, owing to a personal matter and will not travel to North Macedonia.’

Southgate’s side secured progress to next summer’s finals with two games to spare and Friday’s forgettable 2-0 win against Malta all but assured their spot among the top seeds in the December 2 draw.

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