North Macedonia vs England
North Macedonia vs England
Kick-Off at 20:45 (GMT+1)
England heads to North Macedonia for their final Euro 2024 qualifier, aiming to secure a place in Pot 1 for the draw. The Three Lions have dominated Group C, amassing 19 points from seven games, ensuring their spot in the upcoming European Championship. On the other hand, North Macedonia, sitting fourth in the group, has been ousted from contention.
North Macedonia’s campaign saw two wins, one draw, and four losses, leaving them at the bottom half of the table with seven points. They experienced a recent 5-2 loss to Italy and a 2-0 defeat against Ukraine.
The Lions previously triumphed 7-0 against North Macedonia at Wembley in June and will seek to solidify their position ahead of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. Despite reaching the playoffs for the 2022 World Cup, they succumbed to Portugal in the final.
In their recent 2-0 victory over Malta at Wembley, England showcased a less-than-stellar performance, with goals from an own-goal and Harry Kane. However, their exceptional run in the group with six wins and a draw secured them 19 points, comfortably leading Group C.
Manager Gareth Southgate’s squad looks formidable, aiming to build on their strong performances at the 2022 World Cup and Euro 2020. They aim for deeper advancements in the upcoming tournament, boasting key talents alongside formidable teams like France, Germany, Spain, and Portugal.
With Euro 2024 on the horizon, this final qualifier holds significance for players vying for a spot in the squad. A standout performance could solidify a player’s position, making Monday’s match crucial for those seeking inclusion in the finalized squad.
Milevski, the North Macedonia coach, is anticipated to shuffle the lineup following their match against Italy. Jani Atanasov’s impressive brace off the bench might earn him a starting spot, alongside Milan Ristovski and Stefan Ashkovski, who could be vital additions to the XI. Elif Elmas from Napoli and Enis Bardhi of Trabzonspor are set to maintain their places, while Ezgjan Alioski is likely to secure another spot in the starting lineup.
In contrast, England’s Southgate is poised to make alterations to the team that faced Malta. Rico Lewis might make his debut at left-back due to limited options in that position. Bukayo Saka, Kalvin Phillips, Kyle Walker, Declan Rice, and Jack Grealish are also probable starters for this match.
Marcus Rashford’s injury from the Malta clash could keep him sidelined for the upcoming fixture against North Macedonia. Notable omissions due to fitness concerns include Nick Pope, John Stones, Luke Shaw, Reece James, Jude Bellingham, and James Maddison. Despite his impressive performance for Chelsea, Raheem Sterling continues to be overlooked for selection.
- Goalkeeper: Dimitrievski
- Defenders: Ashkovski, Serafimov, Musliu
- Midfielders: Dimoski, Atanasov, Elezi, Alioski
- Forwards: Ristovski, Bardhi, Elmas
- Goalkeeper: Pickford
- Defenders: Walker, Guehi, Maguire, Lewis
- Midfielders: Alexander-Arnold, Rice, Phillips
- Forwards: Grealish, Kane, Saka
*All odds correct at time of writing