England’s squad has suffered another setback as Jude Bellingham and Levi Colwill will be unable to participate in the Euro 2024 qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia due to shoulder injuries. This news is disappointing for manager Gareth Southgate, who will now have to find alternatives without the presence of these two talented players.
A statement from the England camp has confirmed that Bellingham and Colwill will be heading back to their clubs for additional rehabilitation. On a separate note, Marcus Rashford and Kalvin Phillips are expected to join the squad later in the week due to personal reasons. Even though England has already guaranteed their place at Euro 2024, they still have something to play for. The five qualifying group winners with the highest number of points will be placed in Pot 1 alongside Germany for the Euro 2024 draw. Currently, England is ranked below France, Belgium, Slovenia, and Portugal, with a total of 16 points.
Concerns arose about Bellingham’s availability for the national team after he was absent from Real Madrid’s recent matches. Madrid’s head coach, Carlo Ancelotti, confirmed that the young midfielder will be unable to participate for England due to a shoulder injury. Ancelotti anticipates Bellingham’s imminent return to Spain, where he will undergo targeted rehabilitation to enhance the strength of his shoulder.
Meanwhile, Colwill had consistently started for Chelsea this season until he was absent from their captivating 4-4 draw against Manchester City. His nonattendance will be deeply felt by both his club and country, as he has played a crucial role in their achievements.
Given the current shortage in the squad, Southgate has chosen not to make any more additions. England will confront Malta on Friday and North Macedonia on Monday, with the goal of concluding the qualifiers on a positive note.