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Euro 2020 LIVE: Alexander-Arnold injury latest; England 1-0 Austria

England are sweating over the fitness of Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of the European Championship following Wednesday night’s warm-up win over Austria.

The Liverpool star started the 1-0 friendly victory in Middlesbrough but limped off late on with an apparent thigh injury that looks to have thrown his tournament participation into major doubt.

An update on Alexander-Arnold’s fitness is expected in the next 24 to 48 hours, with Gareth Southgate potentially needing to replace the 22-year-old in his final 26-man tournament squad – with the likes of Jesse Lingard and James Ward-Prowse possibly back in the frame with England obviously well-stocked in the right-back department.

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka netted the only goal of the game to give the Three Lions victory over Austria, but England – who remained without their cohort of players from Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United – had to negotiate a few scares at the Riverside Stadium, while the game was also marred by some fans booing players taking the knee ahead of kick-off.

Elsewhere, a weakened Scotland side claimed a creditable 2-2 draw against the Netherlands in Portugal, while 10-man Wales were soundly beaten 3-0 by France and plan to appeal against Neco Williams’ sending off in Nice.

Follow all the latest Euro 2020 news and build-up with Standard Sport’s dedicated blog below…

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How to follow England vs Austria

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England vs Austria team news

England XI: Pickford, Alexander-Arnold, Trippier, Rice, Mings, Coady, Saka, Bellingham, Kane, Grealish, Lingard

Subs: Calvert-Lewin, Johnstone, Godfrey, Phillips, White, Watkins, Ward-Prowse, Henderson, Sancho, Ramsdale

Austria XI: Bachmann, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Friedl, Lainer, Baumgartner, Laimer, Xaver Schlager, Alaba, Sabitzer, Kalajdzic

Subs: Pervan, Alexander Schlager, Baumgartlinger, Gregoritsch, Grillitsch, Ilsanker, Lienhart, Posch, Schaub, Schopf, Trimmel, Ulmer

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England player to stake claim? Trippier

How about another right-back for Southgate to assess?

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Kieran Trippier

Southgate claimed the La Liga winner was England’s forgotten man when he announced his squad last night.

Trippier faces stiff competition at right-back but he is a firm favourite of Southgate’s and the England boss likes his versatility. He could start at left-back tonight, when he can make his mark with a strong showing against Austria.

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England player to stake claim? Alexander-Arnold

England begin their Euro 2020 preparations tonight with a friendly against Austria, giving players a claim to stake their claim for a tournament starting berth.

Jack Rosser looks at players with a chance to shine…

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Trent Alexander-Arnold

After all the noise around whether the Liverpool full-back would make the cut, now is the time to make an impact.

Alexander-Arnold has recovered his form since being left out of Southgate’s last squad and could also be offered the chance to show what he can do in midfield in one of the warm-up matches.

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‘No distraction for Kane’

Alan Shearer is confident England captain Harry Kane will not be distracted by ongoing uncertainty about his Tottenham future heading into Euro 2020.

“He comes into it after winning the Golden Boot in the World Cup and he’ll also probably come into it on the back of having to sort his future out with Spurs,” he said.

“I went into Euro 96 with Blackburn and of course had the tournament and then had a decision to make myself after it. It sounds like he’s made that decision already. I don’t think that will affect him at all, even if it’s not sorted out, which we don’t think it will be.

“But with the talent (in the squad), with the added options of our full-backs – whether he plays three or four at the back – then I’m pretty sure that Harry will score goals and will be right up there challenging for that Golden Boot.

“I’ve no doubt about that. I’m fairly confident of that.”

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Scots staying put

Scotland have opted to leave six players behind after flying out to Portugal for Wednesday night’s friendly with Netherlands following John Fleck’s positive Covid-19 test.

David Marshall, Stephen O’Donnell, Nathan Patterson, Grant Hanley, John McGinn and Che Adams have not travelled with Steve Clarke’s squad to the Estadio Algarve.

All six have tested negative multiple times – including on Wednesday – since joining up with the national team last week and are not required to self-isolate, but Hampden bosses have decided not to take them with them ahead of the Dutch clash in order to be “ultra cautious”.

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De Boer happy for Scots

Frank De Boer says it is nice to see Scotland and Netherlands back on football’s main stage after coming up trumps on the generation game.

The Scots have finally ended a 23-year spell in the international wilderness to qualify for Euro 2020. The Dutch, meanwhile, have had to overcome their own lean spell, having missed out on the last European Championship and the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“Sometimes it is about generations,” he said. “Maybe we didn’t have the best generation a couple of years ago. Now we have a good combination with experienced players and young talent. I think that’s why we have qualified for these European Championships.

“Scotland is the same. If you see them play, you see mature football with qualities. It’s not only what a lot of people in Holland think about Scottish football. No, it’s a really modern style of European football.

“I had my own experience in Scotland for six months and had a fantastic time. I know how involved the fans are. I played against Scotland in 94 and maybe Scotland and Holland have the craziest fans, but also the nicest fans in the world. It’s nice that Scotland is there. For all parts, it’s good.”

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Austria coach hoping to compete

Austria coach Franco Foda is hoping to see the fruits of a week’€s work on the training pitch when his side take on England.

“€We have had a very good week and are absolutely on schedule, the team has trained with a lot of commitment. We mainly worked on our possession and switching game and we want to see that against England,” he said.

“€England have a great team. They have a lot of top players at top clubs. It is no coincidence that they are considered one of the big favourites for the Euros.

“But we’ve always said we want to compete with the best … It’s about how we perform.”

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England player to stake claim? Coady

England begin their Euro 2020 preparations tonight with a friendly against Austria, giving players a claim to stake their claim for a tournament starting berth.

Jack Rosser looks at players with a chance to shine…

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Conor Coady

With concerns over the fitness of Harry Maguire, Southgate will be keen to cast his eye over other options. A return to a back-three is a possibility — a move which would suit Coady well.

The Wolves defender has performed well in an England shirt and is at home bellowing orders in the middle of a three-man defence.


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