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Trent Alexander-Arnold out of England’s Euro 2020 squad with thigh injury


Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss England’s European Championships campaign (Picture: Getty Images)

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out of England’s Euro 2020 campaign this summer after picking up a serious quad injury in the friendly against Austria on Wednesday night.

The Liverpool full-back tore a muscle late in the game in Middlesbrough as he played a long-ball unchallenged.

It is incredibly unlucky for the 22-year-old who now faces between four and six weeks out of action with the injury, according to the Athletic.

A statement from the England team read: ‘Trent Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out of UEFA EURO 2020. 

‘The Liverpool player sustained a thigh injury in the closing stages of Wednesday’s 1-0 win against Austria in Middlesbrough.  A scan on Thursday confirmed the 22 year old will be unable to play in the forthcoming tournament so he’s withdrawn from the England squad to return to his club for rehabilitation.  

‘Gareth Southgate will not confirm a replacement until after Sunday’s return to the Riverside Stadium for the warm-up fixture against Romania.’

Things did not look good for Alexander-Arnold as he limped off the pitch at the Riverside Stadium and scans have confirmed that the quad muscle has indeed been torn and he has been forced out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

The England boss is able to bring in a replacement for the Liverpool man, with Jesse Lingard, James Ward-Prowse, Ollie Watkins, Ben Godfrey and Ben White all possible replacements, although none will be like-for-like.

Southgate had already chosen three other right-backs in his 26-man squad – Kyle Walker, Reece James and Kieran Trippier – so it is a position in which England are well stocked, but that will be no comfort to Alexander-Arnold who will return to Liverpool for treatment, leaving the squad on Thursday night.

After the 1-0 win over Austria on Wednesday Southgate admitted that things did not look good for the full-back.

‘We’ve got to see, it’s obviously not a good sign that he’s had to walk off the pitch, and he was in some discomfort,’ said the England manager.

‘We’re so close to the finals that for any player, injuries makes them a doubt. But we will just have to see over the next 48 hours.’

Southgate had talked up Alexander-Arnold’s ability to play in midfield as well as at right-back for England, and had suggested he would be tried in the middle of the pitch in one of the two pre-tournament friendlies.

Alexander-Arnold looked dejected as he limped off on Wednesday night (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I think it’s possible in that he’s a good footballer who played there as a young player,’ Southgate said before the Austria game on the possibility of Alexander-Arnold turning out in midfield.

‘We might have a bit of a look at him so that it’s an option we’ve assessed in one of the friendlies, perhaps, for a period. But we’ll have to see how those friendlies go.

‘We want to see him at full-back first and give him the best chance of doing well. But we know within a tournament you might face any sort of injury crisis or need to make changes and to have adaptable players is really important.’


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