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‘He deserves it’ – Oliver Glasner backs Crystal Palace attacker to make late push for Gareth Southgate’s England squad

Crystal Palace manager Oliver Glasner believes Eberechi Eze deserves a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad amid reports that the Three Lions squad is set to increase to 26 players for Euro 2024.

The Greenwich-born playmaker has found the back of the net in back-to-back games under Glasner, scoring the winner in the 1-0 win at Liverpool and also netting an acrobatic finish in the 5-2 win over West Ham on Sunday.

It has been reported that UEFA are set to boost to 26 players from the standard 23-man squads for the tournament in Germany to help nations cope with the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Eze has had a stop-start campaign for the Eagles, missing 10 Premier League games this season due to different injury problems. The former Millwall and QPR attacker has eight goals and three assists to his name this season, picking up three goal contributions under Glasner.

Eze, who has two senior caps to his name, has been absent from the England squad since he featured in a 3-1 friendly win over Scotland in September 2023.

The 25-year-old was set to be included in Southagte’s provisional squad for the delayed Euro 2020 competition before he suffered an achilles injury prior to the penultimate game of the 2020-21 season.

“He would deserve being nominated for the Euros,” said Glasner, when asked about Eze’s chances of making the final squad. “It’s Gareth Southgate’s decision. I know Ebs – I see all his qualities, how hard he works in training and how he listens to our support when we tell him that he can maybe improve positionally or with the defending.

“I believe he deserves it, but I don’t know every other player who plays in the same position.

“When you nominate 26 players, it’s not so good to nominate 26 offensive players. Maybe they all deserve it because they are fantastic players, but you need a balance in the team.

“Gareth Southgate will nominate the best one. But, honestly, I hope Austria does it also and they are more successful than England.”

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