Will the versatility of Rico Lewis make him a bolter for England’s Euro 24 squad?

The versatility of Rico Lewis may see him claim a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for next year’s European Championships. City’s Academy graduate earned his first call-up to the England senior squad this international break.

In an interview with John Cross of the Mirror Lewis believes his versatility may help Gareth Southgate’s squad. He explained: “But for me, I am not really focusing on that right now but I understand it is a key thing that could contribute to me being picked or not. Anywhere I played, I would relish it. Whether it is right back, midfield, left back – I am not really bothered. Obviously, I just love playing football and at the moment it is going really well. Any opportunity I get, I will do my best to take it.”

Rico Lewis also said he has enjoyed his experience with the England squad so far. He added: “I have enjoyed every minute of it so far – meeting everybody, meeting the players, the staff, the training sessions, everything.”

The Manchester City starlet was an unused substitute in England’s 2-nil win over Malta. Being in the England squad even if he doesn’t debut will be an immense learning experience for Lewis. While he has thrived in England’s under-21 team, the step up to the senior squad should aid his development.

The City youngster will be hoping to earn his first international cap against North Macedonia. With England having already qualified for next year’s tournament the game could provide Gareth Southgate with the perfect chance to trial players ahead of next year’s tournament.

Following England’s game against North Macedonia Rico Lewis will join his City teammates Kyle Walker, Phil Foden, Kalvin Phillips and Jack Grealish in returning to Manchester to get ready for this weekend’s clash with Liverpool.

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