It’s been a difficult few weeks for Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the Liverpool fullback going from reportedly being out of the England picture for this summer’s Euros to being a surprise inclusion to picking up an injury in a training match.
Now sidelined for six weeks, Alexander-Arnold will miss the summer tournament. The player has said he’s “absolutely gutted” by the turn of events, but club captain and England teammate Jordan Henderson believes he will be alright—and might even benefit from a little time without football.
“Listen, Trent will be fine,” Henderson told Sky when asked about Alexander-Arnold this week. “He’s a strong character. He’s a young lad and he’ll have many more tournaments ahead of him.
“Of course he’s disappointed. I thought he’d done so well in the last few months of the season in terms of performance level—he’s been outstanding. So he’ll be disappointed, but I’ve told him to go and rest, recover, and take his mind off football for a few weeks and then come back ready to go again.”
Henderson, meanwhile, looked a little rusty during England’s warm-up against Romania on Sunday. Given he’s only just returning from a lengthy injury layoff, that may have been expected, but it likely means a limited role at the Euros.
The delayed tournament kicks off on Friday, June 11th, with Turkey taking on Italy, while England’s summer begins on Sunday against Croatia. The final is set to take place a month later on Sunday, July 11th.