Three top contenders to replace Alexander-Arnold in England squad

The fitness of Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire will no doubt play a role in who comes into the squad from the standby list, but Standard Sport assesses the top contenders as things stand.


The Southampton captain is a firm favourite of Southgate’s. The midfielder – who can also turn out at right-back if needed – wore the captain’s armband for the England manager during his time as Under-21s boss.

Crucially, Ward-Prowse has a near immaculate injury record. The 26-year-old last month became the first outfield player ever to play every minute of two consecutive Premier League seasons.

That’s all before we get to his set-piece prowess – there are few others you would want over a dead ball when it matters most.

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A somewhat surprise omission from the 26-man squad, Lingard has never let Southgate down.

The 28-year-old, who shone on loan at West Ham with 10 goals in 16 games, showed superb attitude to turn out against Austria a day after being cut from the squad and was one of the more difficult players for Southgate to leave out.

His experience at international tournaments puts Lingard in a good position to come into the squad, though the depth of talent in his position and concerns over Henderson may lean more towards Ward-Prowse to bring added cover.

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The Brighton defender has enjoyed a fine first season in the Premier League, capped with a first call-up and cap for England.

Southgate has said that White was only ever brought in on the 33-man long-list for the experience of training with the Three Lions, but a decent outing off the bench against Austria, his ability to play in midfield and worries over whether Maguire will be able to feature at all this summer mean that he could be in with a shot at stepping up.

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