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Trent Alexander-Arnold Still Expected To Miss Out On Euro 2020 Squad

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Trent Alexander-Arnold Still Expected To Miss Out On Euro 2020 Squad

Trent Alexander-Arnold is still expected to miss out on Gareth Southgate's Euro 2020 squad, despite his impressive form for Liverpool.

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It was a huge controversy when Southgate left Alexander-Arnold, potentially the best right back in the world over the previous two years, out of his World Cup qualification squad back in March.

The Three Lions beat San Marino, Albania and Poland without the 22-year-old, who is competing in one of England's most stacked positions.

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Alexander-Arnold's recent form for his club, including his brilliant performance vs Manchester United last week, led some to believe that he would get back in Southgate's plans for the summer, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

According to the Athletic's David Ornstein, the England boss will most likely still pick tried and trusted pair Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier along with Chelsea's Reece James.

Alexander-Arnold has been excellent in recent weeks. Image: PA Images
Alexander-Arnold has been excellent in recent weeks. Image: PA Images

The report claims that there are still defensive issues for the Liverpool full back to overcome, as even Jamie Carragher highlighted following the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

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Southgate obviously thinks that the attacking advantages the Premier League winner might give him don't outway those of the current trio enough to counter such defensive worries.

Both Walker and Trippier were part of Southgate's squad who reached the 2018 World Cup semi-final and are well trusted, whilst James is the man in possession right now.

As well as being experienced, Southgate likes the fact Walker can play on the right of a back three, whilst Trippier has filled in on the left. James also played in a back three for Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

An increase in the size of the squad from 23 players to 26 left many thinking Alexander-Arnold would get into the squad but it now seems that barring injuries he will still miss out.

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Better news for Henderson despite being injured since February. Image: PA Images
Better news for Henderson despite being injured since February. Image: PA Images

Whilst one Liverpool player is expected to miss out, there is more optimism for Jordan Henderson's selection, despite not playing since February 20th.

The midfielder is expected to be called up to the squad, giving England a week to assess him before they have to name their final squad on June 1st, before their warm up matches.

The Reds' captain will be given as much time as possible to prove his fitness, as will Harry Maguire, Jack Grealish and Declan Rice, although the final two have returned to club team action already.

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Borussia Dortmund pair Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham are also expected to get the nod, despite the former missing out through injury in March.

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Topics: Manchester City, Liverpool, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Chelsea, Football, Euro 2020, Atletico Madrid, Kieran Trippier, Reece James, England, Kyle Walker, Gareth Southgate

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