Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to be a casualty when Gareth Southgate names his 26-man England squad for Euro 2020 despite the Three Lions boss selecting three right-backs
Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to be the notable omission from Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
The Three Lions boss will whittle down his provisional 33-man squad to 26 on Tuesday ahead of Euro 2020 kicking off in less than a fortnight.
The Liverpool right-back was left out by Southgate when England played games against San Marino, Albania and Poland in March.
He kept the door open for a return and Alexander-Arnold produced some impressive displays at club level.
But it doesn’t appear to have been enough with Kyle Walker and Reece James ahead of him in the pecking order.
The pair were both involved in Saturday’s Champions League final and, providing they come through the various fitness checks, will be picked ahead of the Liverpool man.
Alexander-Arnold will be dealt a further blow with Southgate poised to select three right-backs, according to ESPN.
It looks as if Kieran Trippier will get the nod though with his previous tournament experience no doubt playing a role in the decision.
When quizzed on leaving out the Liverpool star in March Southgate said: “There are areas where we have incredible competition for places.
“Trent is very unfortunate, but I don’t think he’s played at the level that he found in the last couple of years.
“He’s getting close to that now. In the last few weeks, he’s definitely taken steps in the right direction.
“It’s simply we think Reece James and Kieran Trippier have had exceptional seasons with their clubs and Kyle Walker is in great form with Manchester City.”
Klopp leapt to the defence of his player when he was axed by England.
The German claimed he “didn’t understand” the decision given what Alexander-Arnold had achieved in the past two years.
He said: “I am a manager myself. We always make decisions that other people probably do not understand.
“I respect Gareth makes his own decisions, of course, but I didn’t understand it because Trent Alexander-Arnold was in the last two seasons at least – let me say the season before and the season before that – the standout right-back in world football.
“That is the truth and he did it at an unbelievable young age. He was the standout right-back in world football.
“Now he has started the season with Covid, which is not good. You can imagine it took him a while to get into the season, but from that moment on he was one of our most consistent players and a standout player. Robbo [Andy Robertson] the same.”