Trent Alexander-Arnold expelled from Euro due to thigh injury 22 The final stages of England's 1-0 win over Austria on Wednesday. The Liverpool right-back was devastated by a setback that would have kept him off the pitch for four to six weeks.
After lengthy debates over whether Alexander-Arnold should be in the squad, and a surprise pick for the Four right-back, Gareth Southgate must pick a substitute. James Ward-Prowse, Jesse Lingard and Ollie Watkins are the most prominent on the waiting list and Ward-Prowse seems to be the favourite, as England's coach only has four pure midfielders and one, Jordan Henderson, is without a doubt. Opening match against Croatia on Sunday.
Southgate will not announce his pick until this Sunday's game against Romania. The delay will add more intensity to the training of substitutes, all of whom will remain in the squad for the final warm-up game. Ben White and Ben Godfrey are other outfield options.
The Football Association said of Alexander-Arnold: “A screening on Thursday
Wednesday's other major headline was booed by some fans as teams knelt in the fight against racism, and Southgate cast doubt on whether England players would continue to act. He will comment on his team and a decision will be made after seven Manchester City and Chelsea players join on Saturday.
After the return, there were boos on various floors. The same thing happened with the fans and England friendlies when the players knelt. As the players kneeled, there was an immediate booing, seconds later, the rest of the stadium applauded to suffocate him.
“What happened [against Austria] probably means I need to talk to the players one more time because I need to see how they feel about it, and that's an important discussion for us,” Southgate said. "I know there was some concern [of the gesture] that we lost some of the impact in March, so we need to think about whether we're going to continue doing the same thing after what happened, whether we're doing something different, and I'm sure players will have a really good view on that."
Southgate provided an update on Henderson, who is scheduled to play a role after his three-and-one–game against Austria. half a month's groin injury is dismissed just for inconvenience. Regarding the Croatia match, the coach said: “I don't think it would be fair to take him out, but I think it's clear to everyone how much football he missed. The timelines get harder with every practice session he might miss, and not having those game minutes against Austria is a blow.”
Henderson's potential absence brings Jude Bellingham and Kalvin. Phillips was framed to start with Declan Rice in midfield against Croatia. Bellingham, 17, was impressed by his full debut against Austria and Phillips is in shape after a shoulder injury. “In full training, he has full strength,” Southgate said. “We had decided earlier in the week that the second match [against Romania] would give him as much time as possible to recover.
“Is Bellingham ready to start? against Croatia? The best way to answer that is to say that he's not just here for the experience. We had a really good moment when Jordan Henderson gave him his jersey before the Austria game because it was his debut and Hendo talked a little bit about him.
“The whole group respects him. He plays together… I mean no disrespect because he has a lot of respect for everyone here, but he doesn't respect them in practice and has been racing with them since day one."