Gareth Southgate pictured at Newcastle United ahead of 'really special' St James' Park visit

England manager Gareth Southgate at St James' Park. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)England manager Gareth Southgate at St James' Park. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
England manager Gareth Southgate at St James' Park. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Gareth Southgate was pictured at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park earlier this week.

England manager Gareth Southgate was at St James’ Park on Monday evening as part of a fan event.

Southgate brings his Three Lions squad to Tyneside on Monday, June 3 as they take on Bosnia & Herzegovina in preparation for the 2024 European Championships in Germany.

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And ahead of the warm-up fixture, Southgate has taken part in a fans' forum in one of St James’ Park’s hospitality lounges with members of the England Supporters Travel Club. He was also joined by former Newcastle defender Steve Howey, who was presented with his unique legacy cap.

This is the first time England have featured at St James’ Park since 2005 when goals from Steven Gerrard and David Beckham secured a 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan. After their visit to the North East, Southgate’s men host Iceland before flying out for the Euros.

Southgate said: “We’re really looking forward to taking the team back to the North East and to a city that is synonymous with football in this country.

“We will follow that with another special occasion at Wembley allowing our fans the opportunity to give us a final send off before we head to Germany for another exciting summer. Both opponents in June are sure to provide stiff competition and play an important in our preparation for the tournament.”

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Newcastle right-back Kieran Trippier is expected to be named in England’s Euro 24 squad as he nears a return after eight weeks out with a calf injury. Meanwhile, Anthony Gordon is hoping to retain his place after making his senior debut in March. Callum Wilson and Nick Pope are also eyeing a late push.

“Its great news that England are playing at St. James’ Park,” said Trippier. “Firstly, the support will be incredible as I experience the atmosphere of St. James’ Park every time I play for Newcastle. It’s a good time for people in the region to watch this England side with our fantastic players, both young and experienced.

“It’s always exciting as warm up games get you prepared and ready for tournaments and its important to play these games and get your ready. It is a big occasion and really special for me that there is a game at St. James’ Park.”

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