England’s Euro 2020 squad: Alexander-Arnold in, Lingard and Watkins out

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been named in an England squad for 유로 2020 that includes four right-backs after Ollie Watkins, Mason Greenwood, James Ward-Prowse, Jesse Lingard, Aaron Ramsdale, Ben Godfrey and Ben White became the players to miss out on the tournament.

Greenwood withdrew to “recover fully from an underlying injury”, Manchester United said, but the other six were cut from the 33-man provisional squad at Gareth Southgate’s instigation. Alexander-Arnold has a place even though Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker and Reece James have also been included. England’s manager last week raised the prospect of using Alexander-Arnold in midfield, talking up the Liverpool player’s versatility, and revealed on Tuesday that he had told the player three weeks ago of his intention to include him.

Ward-Prowse was omitted despite Jordan Henderson not being at full fitness after groin surgery. Lingard excelled at West Ham after joining on loan from United but has not done enough to earn a spot. The goalkeeper Ramsdale was not expected to make final squad and nor were the defenders Godfrey and White in the absence of injuries.

England are, 그러나, sweating on the fitness of Harry Maguire, who missed United’s defeat by Villarreal in the Europa League final last week. The centre-back is recovering from damaged ankle ligaments and is a doubt for England’s opener against Croatia on 13 유월. Southgate will consider reverting to a back three if Maguire, one of his most important players, is out. That would mean James or Walker playing as a right-sided centre-back, giving Alexander-Arnold a chance of featuring at right wing-back. Trent Alexander-Arnold tweeted: “Always believe in yourself. Silence the
doubters.”

Southgate indicated that Henderson and Maguire face a fight to be ready for the start of the tournament. “The most complex part this time has been injuries and whether we should take the chance on people,”그는 말했다. “Clearly with Jordan and Harry Maguire we’ve got a couple of players who are not where we’d be ideally in terms of their physical prep. But we think that the experience they have, the fact that we think we can get them to a point where they can have an involvement in the tournament, it’s worth taking them, especially as we’ve got an extended squad of 26.”

He added of Maguire: “It’s going to be tight for the first game. But he’s such a good player we wanted that opportunity to bring him into the squad.”

The failure of Lingard and Watkins to make the cut and the absence of Greenwood guaranteed a place for the versatile Bukayo Saka, who is listed by England as a forward.

The players left out were told before Tuesday’s training session. Southgate said all of them, other than Greenwood, would remain with the squad for the friendlies against Austria on Wednesday and Romania on Sunday, and that Lingard was in line to start the first of those games at Middlesbrough.

“He will play tomorrow because we’ve got [Jadon] Sancho ill,”Southgate는. “He deserves that opportunity to show me I’m wrong … I gave them all the option to go home but they were all adamant. They wanted to be part of he squad. We still have two warm-up games. I’m mindful of Trevor Sinclair in Japan [at the 2002 월드컵] that things can change suddenly.”

Southgate remains without players attached to clubs that reached the Europa League or Champions League finals. Greenwood played for United in the Europa League final, being replaced by Fred 10 minutes into extra time. United said the unspecified injury had also prevented Greenwood from going to the Under-21 유럽 ​​선수권 대회 3 월.

“Mason’s club appearances were managed carefully to maintain his availability through the intensive 2020-21 Premier League and Europa League schedules,” United said. “But a further spell of tournament football would not be beneficial and Mason will remain at Manchester United to recuperate and prepare for pre-season training.”

사우스 게이트, addressing the selection of four right-backs, 말했다: “We have four players that play sometimes at right-back for their clubs but Kieran Trippier has been playing at wing-back as well as right-back. Reece has played right of a three or at wing-back. Trent plays at right-back and Kyle Walker has played at centre-back for us in a three and has also played as a left-back for us against Denmark. They’re in our best 26 footballers. That’s why they’re in the squad. If I could have picked a fifth or sixth right-back I probably would have done.”

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