England manager provides worrying Alexander-Arnold update after Euro 2020 injury scare

Gareth Southgate has provided an update on Trent Alexander-Arnold after he suffered an injury during the friendly win over Austria, just days before Euro 2020.

On Tuesday, Liverpool player Alexander-Arnold was selected in England’s 26-man squad for this summer’s European Championship.

The defender was hoping to stake his claim for a starting spot in Wednesday’s game against Austria, and while he impressed, an injury late on may have put paid to his Euros campaign.

After making a routine clearance, he pulled up and immediately signalled to the bench that he needed to be substituted.

Southgate had already used his substitutions by that point, though Alexander-Arnold still left the field, hobbling around with the aid of a physio.

Asked about Alexander-Arnold’s injury, Southgate said: ‘We’re going to have a little look. It’s not good to see the way he went off but we’ll have to assess it over the next 24 hours.

‘I think it’s a thigh [injury]. The medical team are still assessing it. We just have and see. It’s not a good sign. We’ll know more in the next 24 hours.

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‘Let’s see how Trent is first and then we’ll go from there. We don’t know the full extent but the last thing you want is to see him go off in the way he did.’

Southgate’s team face Romani on Saturday before their opening Euros game against Croatia on June 13. The England manager added: ‘I thought we started very well. We used the ball well in the first hour or so.

‘We were playing against a very good side. They have good players. They get in between the lines well.

‘The first hour was good in terms of quality. After that we needed to make a lot of changes and preserve people. We got a bid disjointed and people had cramp.

‘We were hanging on at the end. It was understandable given the changes. ‘Jack Grealish showed some lovely touches. You can see he’s still getting to full fitness – with the bursts you know he can make. He’s a quality player.’


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