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‘Nice to dip his toes’ – Gareth Southgate on Palace attacker Eze making his England debut

Greenwich-born Eberechi Eze made his senior England debut last night as Gareth Southgate’s side recorded a 4-0 Euro 2024 qualifying win over Malta.

The Three Lions secured the three points thanks to goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Kane, Callum Wilson and an own goal from defender Fernando Apap.

Eze, who has been capped by England at U21 level, was subbed on in the 70th minute for Leicester City playmaker James Maddison.

The 24-year-old’s team-mate, Marc Guehi, played the full 90 minutes for Gareth Southgate’s side as Malta failed to register a single shot during the game.

Former QPR and Wycombe midfielder Eze could be in line to make his first England start this Monday when they take on North Macedonia at Wembley.

“For Eze, it’s nice to dip his toes,” said Southgate. “He has only had a few days of training with us, so he’s still getting used to everything. It’s a big step coming into a senior camp for the first time, even though he’s been with the U21s.

“He has had his eyes opened to the level, the quality of the players, the intensity every day, so it’s a brilliant experience for him. He’s a fabulous boy, he gives a lot of energy every day, which is brilliant.”

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