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Club friendly in Australia could impact England’s preparations for Euro 2024

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 18 Mar 2024

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England manager Gareth Southgate is facing the unwelcome prospect of some potential members of his Euro 2024 squad flying halfway across the world for a post-season friendly.

Tottenham and Newcastle confirmed on Monday evening that they will face each other at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 22.

Newcastle’s FA Cup exit last weekend opened the door for the Magpies to face Spurs in the friendly, which will see the two clubs jet off for Australia immediately after their final Premier League game of the season on May 19.

The trip should prove a memorable one for Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou, who grew up in Melbourne after moving with his family from Greece as a young child.

The 58-year-old also took charge of Tottenham for the first time Down Under, when he oversaw a pre-season friendly against West Ham in Perth last summer.

A decision on the squads boarding the plane to Australia will be made nearer to the time, but Southgate could see three players potentially in his Euro 2024 squad fly halfway across the world days before they link up on international duty.

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