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DISASTER: Trent Alexander-Arnold to miss Euros due to thigh injury

It was revealed that Trent Alexander-Arnold is to miss the Euros after picking up a thigh injury in the 1-0 win over Austria.

The Liverpool defender was initially included in Gareth Southgate's 26-man squad despite being left out of the World Cup Qualifiers back in March and was handed a start in the warm-up game against Austria. 

However, in the latter stages of a game in which Alexander-Arnold showed hints of the attacking prowess he possesses from the right-back position, he injured his thigh whilst clearing the ball.

The damage has been revealed to be significant enough to rule him out of the European Championships and someone from the stand-by list will replace him.

 

Who should Gareth go for?

 

The standby list is comprised of those players who were selected in the 33-man provisional squad but were then dropped for the final 26-man one announced for the Euros.

Should Southgate choose to go for a defender to replace him, it will be either Everton's Ben Godfrey or Brighton's Ben White. Godfrey would be the frontrunner between those two, having played at right-back for much of the season. However, White may get the nod to provide more cover in the centre-back area as Harry Maguire continues to struggle with an injury.

Alternatively, Southgate could look to bolster England's midfield options. He only named five midfielders in the 26-man squad and one of those is Jordan Henderson who hasn't played since February.

If he goes down that route, Southampton's James Ward-Prowse may be selected due to his excellent set-pieces. The other option would be Jesse Lingard although as he is more of an attacking midfielder this feels unlikely because of the other players England have in that area.

 

Right-back options

 

Thankfully, if there was one position where England could afford an injury it probably would be right-back.

Kieran Trippier, who played at left-back against Austria, has just won the La Liga title with Atletico Madrid. Kyle Walker won the Premier League with Manchester City and was unavailable for the Austria game because he'd been playing in the Champions League final on the 29th May as was Chelsea's Reece James who is also in the England squad for the Euros.

However, for Trent Alexander-Arnold to miss the Euros is a bitter blow for the youngster and he tweeted 'absolutely gutted' on Thursday morning as he will have to watch others try and bring home England's first major trophy for 55 years.

 


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