Kieran Trippier has withdrawn from the England squad ahead of their Euro 2024 qualifier against North Macedonia. Despite his full 90-minute appearance in the 2-0 win over Malta, the 33-year-old will not participate in the upcoming match at the Toše Proeski Arena in Skopje.
The departure is due to a personal matter, as confirmed by both the official England statement and Newcastle.
England, having secured their spot in Euro 2024 before the lackluster victory against Malta, faced challenges in creating chances during the match. Despite an early own goal and a well-worked goal by captain Harry Kane, the team acknowledged a below-par performance.
Manager Gareth Southgate acknowledged the slow start but expressed understanding given the players’ extensive schedule, refraining from harsh criticism.