June 15, 2024

On Monday night, Gareth Southgate’s England national team took the stage after easily defeating Bosnia 3-0 at St James’ Park. The team is hoping to qualify for Euro 2024. In an experimental lineup, players like Eberechi Eze, Cole Palmer, and Ezri Konsa made an impression, but second-half substitute Adam Wharton also received a lot of appreciation.

The 20-year-old Crystal Palace star made his Three Lions debut off the bench following an incredible season finale at Selhurst Park. Wharton originally cost the south London team £22 million in January, raising questions about such a high price for a Championship rookie.When the central midfielder was at Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle was a big fan of him and sent him scouting heavily in 2022–2023. Because of his prior job with the FA, Sporting Director Dan Ashworth was fully aware of his abilities, having watched him come through the England youth systems.

There was interest in a summer move this time last year, while Financial Fair Play obligations got in the way of any January business earlier this season. Palace then took their opportunity, parted with the cash and look to have landed an immense talent for the future, leaving Newcastle to wonder what may have been.

Now, Wharton could find himself as one of Southgate’s 26 options for this summer’s European Championships after impressing during his St James’ Park cameo on Monday evening.

“Adam Wharton showed what he has been doing at the end of the season and in training,” Southgate explained. “I like what he’s done with us in the first few days. He sees pictures early and can play forward. It is very early for him but lovely that he looked as comfortable as he did.”

Newcastle may have missed out on Wharton’s signature but the Magpies still hold a keen interest in both Aaron Ramsdale and James Trafford this summer. The goalkeeping duo were both unused substitutes in Monday’s win as they got to experience life on the home bench at St James’ Park for a change.

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