Trent Alexander-Arnold predicted that England would be in the European Championship
Posted On June 1, 2021
Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to be in the 26-man squad for Euro 2020, despite various reports that have previously indicated that Gareth Southgate will leave him out of the squad.
The 22-year-old full-back suffered a difficult first few months in the 2020/21 season for Liverpool, as he struggled for level after battling Covid-19 over the summer. That decline coincided with a slate of defensive injuries at Anfield, contributing to the relatively modest defense of the Premier League title that Jurgen Klopp’s side won the previous season.
Alexander-Arnold bore much of the blame for Liverpool’s decline and, due to his low confidence, was left out of the England squad for a hat-trick in the World Cup qualifiers in March. However, he was included in Southgate’s temporary 33-man squad named last Tuesday, but was expected to miss when it came to leaving seven players.
But those reports appeared to be far from reality – or Southgate changed his mind at the last minute – and Alexander-Arnold is now expected to be named alongside Rhys James, Kyle Walker and possibly England’s 26th Kieran Trippier, amid allegations he could also be used in midfield. .
While that’s good news for Alexander-Arnold, the same cannot be said of Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard – who looks set to be one of the seven players left out of England’s final squad.
The 28-year-old enjoyed an impressive second half of the season on loan at West Ham, as he revitalized his faltering career by scoring nine goals in the Premier League in 16 appearances. This form helped Hammers secure a place in the European League for next season, although all these goals came in his first 10 matches in orange and blue – he finished the season without a goal in six games.
Lingard had previously found himself stuck on the sidelines at Manchester United – leaving his hopes of representing England at another major tournament in tatters – but there was renewed hope he could represent the Three Lions this summer after he was called up by Gareth Southgate in March.
He was then named Premier League Player of the Month for April, while also taking home the Goal of the Month award after scoring a superb solo goal at Wolverhampton.
Although his form declined over the final few weeks of the season, Lingard was included in England’s temporary 33-man squad for Euro 2020. But various sources, including the Guardian, have reported that he will be one of the players Southgate left when he names his final team in It’s 17:00 GMT.
Mason Greenwood will be another notable omission from Southgate’s last end, although the in-form Manchester United striker appears to be sidelined with an ongoing injury. It is also unlikely that there will be a place for Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse, due to the pool of central midfield talent available to the England manager.
Ward Prowse’s dismissal is likely to shut out both Calvin Phillips and Judd Bellingham, as the latter enjoyed a superb debut season in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, and also suggests that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has won his battle to be fit.