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United man to be 'training' goalkeeper at EUROs

Tom Heaton joins England squad

2024/06/10 14:10

Tom Heaton has announced that he is joining up with the England squad for UEFA EURO 2024 in Germany in the role of a ‘training goalkeeper’.

The former England international, who is still on the books and third choice goalkeeper at Manchester United, will spend the summer with the Three Lions, assisting in training with goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson.

On the social media site X, Heaton said: “Incredibly honoured to be asked by Gareth to join the squad. To get the call to go to a major tournament, to help in anyway I can and pass on my experience is a proud moment. We have a great squad, I’m excited and can’t wait to join the group.”

Heaton replaces James Trafford as England’s ‘fourth’ goalkeeper, with Trafford having been in the squad for warm-up friendlies against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iceland but supposedly on the move from Burnley with Newcastle United closing in on his signing.

Heaton, now 38, has been praised by England manager Gareth Southgate, who has also thanked Manchester United ‘for their support in making this happen.’.

Southgate added: “I am really pleased Tom has agreed to join us in Germany. Experience tells us that a tournament can put a lot of demand on our goalkeeping group led by Martyn Margetson. Tom will play an invaluable role on the training pitch supporting Jordan (Pickford), Aaron (Ramsdale) and Dean (Henderson).”

England finished their warm-up preparations with a 1-0 loss to Iceland at Wembley Stadium last week and begin their UEFA EURO 2024 group stage campaign against Serbia in Gelsenkirchen this weekend. 

Tom Heaton
NameThomas David Heaton
Born/Age1986-04-15(38 -yrs-old)



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2024-06-10 16h25m by lhalliday_bart
As a football fan, I'm thrilled to see Heaton joining the England squad for EURO 2024! He's a talented goalkeeper and his experience will be valuable to the team. Can't wait to see him in action.
2024-06-10 15h47m by awalkerson7
Great news! So happy for Tom Heaton, a true professional and great addition to the England squad for
2024-06-10 15h18m by edavidson
As a football fan, I'm feeling a bit disillusioned with this news. I want to support my team and be excited for the upcoming tournament, but it's disheartening to see a third choice goalkeeper being brought in as a training goalkeeper. What does that say about the state of our goalkeeping situation I hope Heaton can bring some valuable experience and knowledge to the squad, but I can't help but feel disappointed.
2024-06-10 14h54m by jwhiteheadbarnes
As a football fan, I'm thrilled to see Tom Heaton joining the England squad for EURO 2024. It's great to have an experienced hand like him helping out in training. Excited to see what he can bring to the team!
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