Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss Euro 2020 after suffering a thigh injury against Austria on Wednesday, England have confirmed.
The Liverpool full-back was the subject of much media speculation ahead of Gareth Southgate’s decision to cut his preliminary squad to a selection of 26 earlier this week.
Alexander-Arnold was picked, however, along with three other players capable of playing right-back in Kyle Walker, Reece James and Kieran Trippier.
However, as fate would have it, the 22-year-old will miss out after all, having gone off injured late on in the 1-0 win over Austria after clearing the ball.
Gutted for you, @TrentAA.
Wishing you a speedy recovery!
— England (@England) June 3, 2021
Southgate said after the friendly at Middlesbrough – which England won 1-0 – that it “was not a good sign” to see Alexander-Arnold need assistance to walk around the sidelines, and further assessments on Thursday revealed a grade two quad tear.
Alexander-Arnold faces around six weeks out, meaning he will be unable to take part in the Euros – which for England start on June 13 against Croatia – and will instead withdraw from the squad.
Southgate will not confirm a replacement until after Sunday’s friendly against Romania.