Former Blackburn Rovers Star Has Late Chance For England Euro 2024 Squad

When Crystal Palace closed the January transfer window, they did so with a firm hand and had some questioning the late signing of Blackburn Rovers midfielder Adam Wharton for what was then an undisclosed fee.

Now, there is talk of the 20-year-old Wharton being a late addition to Gareth Southgate’s England Euro 2024 squad.

The talented youngster had caught the eye of former England boss Roy Hodgson, the Palace manager at the time of his signing, and has had to bide his time getting a regular place in the team. Now though, the Eagles are starting to see what all the fuss was about and the fee paid.

The South London side is currently one of the form teams in the Premier League and dismantled a poor Manchester United side 4-0 on Monday night. New Palace boss Oliver Glasner is reaping the benefit of his predecessor’s keen eye for talent.

More importantly last night, Southgate himself was present in the Selhurst Park stands, and couldn’t help but notice Wharton’s impressive display that had many others cooing.

Blackburn Rovers will be hoping that their former player continues to impress as there are add on incentives in the contract that initially saw the player sign for a reported £18m, with the triggers meaning that the overall deal could be up to £22m. Any extra cash will be helpful as Rovers look to bounce back from a poor season at Ewood Park that only saw then safe on the last day of the season with an impressive win at champions Leicester City.

With just two weeks before Southgate announces his squad, it could be too late this time around, as the England squad looks to be fairly settled. UEFA have recently announced that the squad size with increase for this tournament by three places to 26 in total, meaning there could be a surprise addition.

The South London Press reported after the game, and Wharton was asked about the possibility of him being called up. “I don’t really think about that too much to be honest.

“The only time it’s on my mind is when I’m getting asked about it. It’s obviously great to be mentioned within that. It’s not at the front of my mind. I’m just taking each day as it comes trying to get better. If it happens, it happens. It’d be great obviously. But at the same time, I’m not expecting anything.

“I’m just enjoying my football at Palace at the minute. We’ve still two got two games left before the Euros or the summer and I’m looking at them first. If I get the call-up, wow, fantastic. If not, [I’ll be] recovering somewhere and then get ready to go again.”

Writer’s View

Adam Wharton is a player that will have a bright future. Crystal Palace may well have to key on his abilities next season as they will likely lose one or two more established players from their squad. This could be a huge benefit to Wharton as he will be the bigger fish in the pond at Selhurst.

It is how he responds to that pressure that could make or break him, and the World Cup in 2026 is a more realistic aim. However, with the extra spots in the squad now available, Southgate may well take a chance on the Under 21 level player, even if it just to have him gain experience with the senior squad, and as a real wild card option off the bench.

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