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5 key learnings from England’s first Euro 2024 warm-up win

Trent Alexander-Arnold

England strolled to a 3-0 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday night as they resumed their preparations for Euro 2024.

Cole Palmer, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harry Kane grabbed the goals as the Three Lions put in a fine second-half display up at St James’ Park.

Only one friendly remains before England’s European Championship campaign kicks off.

So what did we learn from this penultimate warm-up?

Trent Alexander-Arnold

A maestro, a magician / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

The pose, the grace, the technique. No player in the England squad has a skillset quite like Alexander-Arnold’s.

Even before scoring with a fine volley, the 25-year-old was the standout performer at St James’ Park, spraying passes in midfield before reverting to his natural right-back role and still getting involved on the ball, notably switching the ball so effortlessly in a real win for fans of satisfying footballing aesthetics.

Gareth Southgate has made a point of naming Alexander-Arnold as a midfielder in recent squads, calling upon his dangerous whipped passing higher up the pitch. This is most likely where he’ll start at Euro 2024, but it’s still worth reverting him to right-back in place of Kyle Walker in games and situations in which England are expected to have more possession.

Eberechi Eze

What a player he is, by the way / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

Four Crystal Palace players in the provisional squad, Gareth? Four? That’s insane.

Well, it turns out it isn’t actually that insane.

All three of the Eagles’ outfielders called up to the preliminary England setup got a run-out against Bosnia and Herzegovina, and all three impressed.

Marc Guehi was perhaps the most understated of the performers, filling in seamlessly at centre-back. Reports on Monday claimed injuries to John Stones and Harry Maguire will see Guehi start England’s first few games at Euro 2024, and this was a reassuring reminder of his credentials.

Further up the pitch, Eberechi Eze danced and pranced his way from trailing legs, looking a lot like the Jack Grealish that became the nation’s heartthrob at the last European Championships.

And then there was everyone’s new favourite deep-lying playmaker, Adam Wharton. Oh boy, what a class act this kid is.

Palace’s young core might not play a whole lot of meaningful minutes at Euro 2024, but they’ll be in England squads for many years to come.

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