England defender Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss the 2020 Euro in a friendly match against Austria on Wednesday. Alexander-Arnold was injured at the end of England’s 1-0 win after being injured when he cleared the ball. The Liverpool right-back seemed excited because he helped on the pitch and England manager Gareth Southgate admitted after the match that “it wasn’t a good sign”. Alexander-Arnold had a study on the problem on Thursday and the 22-year-old is expected to be out for six weeks, which will be ruled out of the European Championships.
“Trent Alexander-Arnold has been left out of UEFA Euro 2020,” the Football Association said in a statement.
“The Liverpool player injured his thigh in the 1-0 win over Austria at Middlesbrough on Wednesday.
“A scan on Thursday confirmed that the 22-year-old will not be able to play in the next tournament, so he has retired from the England squad to return to his club for rehabilitation.
“Gareth Southgate will not confirm a replacement until he returns to Riverside Stadium on Sunday for warm-up work against Romania.”
England will play their first team match against Croatia at Wembley on 13 June before taking on Scotland and the Czech Republic in other matches.
Alexander-Arnold’s retirement marks a period of turmoil for the defender, and he had to endure reports on Tuesday that he would not make it to the 26-person gang at Southgate before he was known to join on Tuesday.
Southgate has plenty of coverage for Alexander-Arnold as he finished the season in good form after an irregular period earlier in the campaign for Liverpool.
Manchester City’s Kyle Walker, Chelsea’s Reece James and Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier have been the other three right-backs selected for the Southgate Championship.
Southgate named Jesse Lingard, Ben White, Ben Godfrey, James Ward-Prowse and Ollie Watkins on his outside stand-by roster in the event of injuries.
He could replace Alexander-Arnold with another White Brighton or Everton Godfrey defender, both of whom made their debuts in England as Austria’s substitutes.
If Southgate wants to call for more chances to attack, they will choose Lingard from Manchester United, Aston Villa Watkins or Ward-Prowse from Southampton.
Southgate are also sweating out Manchester United defender Harry Maguire, Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson and Aston Villa player Jack Grealish.
Maguire is unlikely to fit into the Croatian game as he is recovering from ankle ligament damage, and Henderson has not played since February after undergoing a concussion.
Grealish, who had just injured Shin, needed a packet of ice on his leg after suffering several roughshots from the Austria Clash.
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