After much hoo-hah over his potential inclusion (or exclusion) in England’s squad for the Euros, it seems that Trent Alexander-Arnold may not be making the trip after all. The Three Lions began their prep for the Euros at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesborough, where a goal by Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka was enough for the English to sneak off with a win against fellow Euro qualifiers Austria. The match was rather uneventful, with youngsters Saka and Jude Bellingham impressing. However, the game was marred by Alexander-Arnold hobbling off near the end of the game
Gareth Waistcoats had this to say:
“It looks like thigh (injury) but we don’t know the extent at the moment.”
“Clearly it’s not a good sign that he had to walk off and looked in some discomfort with it, but we’ll know more in the next 24-48 hours.”
Liverpool FC captain Jordan Henderson was on the bench for the game and slated to play his first minutes since recovering from groin surgery, but didn’t make it onto the pitch.
Southgate’s reasons as to why:
“With Jack [Grealish], we just felt that that was enough time.”
“I think you can see still a little bit of sharpness still coming and we didn’t want to overplay him through that period.”
“With Jordan, we had hoped to involve him today. That was the original plan. This morning he wasn’t so happy with how he felt.
“We’ve scanned him just to be certain. There’s no problem on the scan so he’ll be able to resume training but we’ve taken a decision to leave him out of this game.”
England will play their final friendly before the tournament on Sunday against Romania.