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North Macedonia test will set tone for England ahead of Euro 2024

England are all-but guaranteed to be in Pot 1 among the top seeds for next month's Euro 2024 draw - but there are still problems for Gareth Southgate to solve. 

They have already achieved all that they set out to in the competitive games building up to next summer's tournament ahead of their final group game against North Macedonia on Monday.

So, with this game a genuine dead rubber, the equivalent of an international friendly, what are the priorities for the England manager to assess over the coming 90 minutes?

Southgate says the priority is "performance levels". After a lacklustre 2-0 victory over Malta at Wembley on Friday night, Southgate demands - and England need - an impressive result and performance to bookend the qualifying campaign, and the international calendar year, on a high.

The poor performances and results leading into Qatar when England went four matches without a win and were booed off the pitch at Molineux following a 4-0 home embarrassment against Hungary soured the mood.

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