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Gareth Southgate fears more England players will suffer “serious injuries” in the build-up to next summer’s Euros.
Three Lions boss Southgate has expressed major concerns about player welfare amid a gruelling fixture schedule for the 2020/21 season.
That has already left England’s Liverpool defender Joe Gomez fearing he will miss the rest of the season and potentially next summer’s European Championships after suffering a knee injury while on international duty this week.
Raheem Sterling missed the last get together while Trent Alexander-Arnold is also out this time and Southgate fears that will continue with the punishing demands on players.
Southgate said: “We are in this very worrying situation on player welfare where at best players are picking up minor muscle injuries and at worst there is the danger of more serious injuries.
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“That is a concern. So we have to keep looking at every position and we just don’t know what’s going to happen in the next few months.”
Southgate has already faced concerns from club bosses over international call-ups who are seeing a congested fixture schedule in the Premier League.
Remarkably, Southgate has used 75 different players in 47 matches in his reign which has included giving debuts to 42 players.
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The England boss saw star centre-back Gomez ruled out with a serious knee injury on Wednesday
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But Southgate made it clear that after, handing a debut to 17-year-old Jude Bellingham this week, that he will carry on having to cast his net far and wide after also losing Conor Coady.
Wolves captain Coady went home to self isolate despite returning two negative tests but was alerted by the Government’s track and trace system after coming into contact with someone who has coronavirus.
Southgate added: “We have been very pleased with the players that are with us now.
“I talked a little bit about Conor and the impact he has had but there are some other good centre-backs in the league and we are always monitoring and assessing what the batting order should be. There’s a lot of good players around. We have to keep looking.”
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