Eberechi Eze has been called up to the England squad for the first time for next month’s Euro 2024 qualifiers.
The midfielder of Nigerian descent has been rewarded for his fine form for Crystal Palace, especially under interim boss Roy Hodgson, after scoring six goals in his last eight Premier League matches.
Southgate said of Eze.
We’ve liked him for a long time. He was very unfortunate just before the Euros. We were going to call him into a prep camp to have a look at him and he got a bad injury. I remember talking to Roy Hodgson about him then and Roy telling me he had picked up an injury in training that day.
So I think he has finished the season really strongly. He can play in a couple of positions across that attacking line. He is a goal threat. He has got a nice ability, a burst of speed to go past people and to take people out of the game with his dribbling skills. We are looking forward to seeing him a bit closer and everybody I talk to speaks brilliantly about him as a person as well.”
England faces Malta in Ta’ Qali on 16 June before playing North Macedonia at Old Trafford three days later.
The Three Lions top the early Group C table after beating Italy and Ukraine in their opening two qualifying matches.