Gareth Southgate explains Tom Heaton’s role after Man Utd star, 38, joins England squad at Euro 2024

GARETH SOUTHGATE has explained Tom Heaton’s role in the England squad.

The third-choice Manchester United goalkeeper has linked up with the Three Lions ahead of Euro 2024.

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Heaton, 38, will not be a part of the playing squad in Germany but instead will be supporting the team’s goalkeepers.

Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale and Dean Henderson were the final three to make Southgate’s final squad.

The head coach insisted that Heaton will provide an “invaluable role” on the training pitch.

He said: “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, Aaron and Dean.

“Off the field, as someone we all know well, he will add to the positive environment we are always looking to create.

“We are grateful to Manchester United for their support in making this happen.”


Heaton has won three England caps during his long career that has seen him play for the likes of Burnley, Aston Villa as well as Cardiff City.

He insisted he was “honoured” to be invited into the squad as a training goalkeeper.

He 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.”

He does have international tournament experience as he was a part of the Euro 2016 and 2019 Natiuonas League Finals squads.

Tom Heaton’s career

Here’s all you need to know about his career:


Man Utd (2002-2010)
Swindon (2005/06 loan)
Royal Antwerp (2006 loan)
Cardiff (2008/09 loan)
QPR (2009 loan)
Rochdale (2009/10 loan)
Wycombe (2010 loan)
Cardiff (2010-2012)
Bristol City (2012/13)
Burnley (2013-2019)
Aston Villa (2019-2021)
Man Utd (2021-present)


League Cup (2023)
Championship title (2016)
Championship runner-up (2014)


England – 3 caps


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