NEWCASTLE manager Eddie Howe is reportedly one of names being considered to take over as England boss if Gareth Southgate quits.
Southgate is currently undecided whether he will carry on in the role or resign after the Three Lions’ quarter-final defeat to France in the World Cup.
The FA want him to stay on as manager but he is reflecting on his position and replacements are being drawn up in case he does step down.
Howe is one of the names on the list along with former Chelsea gaffer Thomas Tuchel, ex-Tottenham man Mauricio Pochettino and current assistant coach Steve Holland.
Howe is doing an outstanding job at Newcastle guiding the team to an incredible 3rd place in the Premier League after 15 games.
He took over half way through last season and has brought a feel-good factor back to St James’ Park with an attacking brand of football and smart recruitment in the transfer window.
If Howe does take over it could be good news for a number of the players at Newcastle.
Nick Pope was signed by him over the summer and he has helped the Magpies become a solid defence, they have conceded the joint lowest amount of goals in the division so far.
The 30-year-old certainly has the trust of Howe and this could present a chance for him to become England’s No.1 ahead of Jordan Pickford.
Kieran Trippier played three times in Qatar and is an experienced international with 40 caps.
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He is another of Howe’s signings and the boss has even made him captain of Newcastle for a large number of games.
The ex-Bournemouth manager is a huge fan of Trippier’s ability to deliver quality crosses and set-pieces just as Southgate is.
Much of Newcastle’s creativity comes from the right-back, who has had a hand in five Toon goals this season.
It’s likely that the 32-year-old continues to receive call-ups to the England squad if Howe is appointed.
The likes of Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham will surely remain in the midfield for years to come and the Borussia Dortmund man could thrive in Howe’s high pressing system.
His 4-3-3 has seen Newcastle play energetic football trying to win the ball back high and have at least one of his midfield three break into the box.
This could hand James Maddison more opportunities in an England shirt.
Newcastle have been heavily linked with the Leicester star and reportedly had multiple bids for him turned down in the summer.
Howe is clearly a big fan of Maddison and with him in electric goalscoring form he could finally get the nod for the national team if Southgate, who didn’t play him at all in the World Cup, resigns.
Callum Wilson is one of Howe’s favourites having worked with him at Bournemouth and Newcastle, surely he will continue to be back-up to skipper Harry Kane if the 45-year-old takes over in the dugout.
Another worth mentioning is Dan Burn, he’s a Howe signing thriving at St James’ Park and the left-back was even mentioned as an outside shout for a place on the plane to Qatar after Ben Chilwell got injured.
Additionally, Aaron Ramsdale worked with Howe at Bournemouth and he should not be ruled out if he can keep up his top form at Arsenal and lead them to the title.