Trent Alexander-Arnold sustained a thigh injury on Wednesday during the closing stages of England’s 1-0 victory against Austria, ruling him out of Euro 2020. The left-back for Liverpool is devastated by this setback, keeping him out for 4 to 6 weeks.
After a lengthy debate over whether or not Trent Alexander-Arnold would be in the team, Gareth Southgate now needs to select a replacement and has a couple of options at his disposal. The most prominent players on standby include James Ward-Prowse, Ollie Watkins, and Jesse Lingard with Ward-Prowse appearing to be the favorite. The England manager only has four central midfielders and Jordan Henderson is unlikely to start in the opening match on Sunday against Croatia.
Southgate refuses to name his choice as he is waiting until after the match against Romania on Sunday. The delay will produce greater intensity during training from the standby players. Each of them will remain in the squad for the last warm-up match. Ben Godfrey and Ben White are the other two outfield options.
The Football Association stated that a scan on Thursday confirmed that Trent Alexander-Arnold will not be able to play in the upcoming tournament. Therefore, the 22-year-old withdrawn from the England team and is making a return to his club for rehabilitation.
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The Fight Against Racism
The other significant factor that made headlines on Wednesday involved booing by several spectators when teams took a knee in an attempt to fight racism. Gareth Southgate has since casted doubt on whether his players will continue taking the knee going forward. He will ask for opinions from his team and will make a decision on the action after his seven Chelsea and Manchester City players join the squad on Saturday.
There were jeers at several stadiums after fans were allowed to return and when players took the knee, the same thing happened during the England friendly. When players took the knee, there was a round of boos before spectators started applauding to drown it out.
Gareth Southgate informed BookiePro that he needs to have a discussion with his players to find out how they feel about taking the knee. He understands that there was some concern during March when the impact of the gesture was not as strong as it was before and needs to figure out whether it’s wise to continue doing the same going forward. He strongly believes that his team will have a good view on this.
Injury Report on Jordan Henderson
Gareth Southgate provided an update to BookiePro on Jordan Henderson, who was scheduled to play against Austria. The England midfielder endured a three-and-a-half-month groin injury and missed a lot of football during recovery. The England manager stated that it would be unfair to rule Henderson out of the upcoming Croatia game but understands that the time missed from the pitch is a big concern.
The absence of Jordan Henderson brings Kalvin Phillips and Jude Bellingham into the frame to start with midfielder, Declan Rice, when England plays against Croatia. Jude Bellingham, 17, made a huge impact during his debut against Austria, while Kalvin Phillips is fit after recovering from a shoulder injury.