Trent Alexander Arnold has become the fifth player to out of from England’s squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro after returning to Liverpool for treatment on a back injury. Fans who want to watch the live-action of Football can buy England Euro Cup Tickets online.
The right-back has been nursing the problem since Liverpool’s victory against Burnley F.C 10 days ago and was withdrawn late in that 4-2 wins. The 20 year old reported to the national squad this week in the hope the injury would ease and he might be involved at Wembley and in Podgorica but he has endured further discomfort.
Gareth Southgate enjoys a good relationship with Liverpool and having seen the full-back cut short his summer break after the World Cup to return early for preseason the England senior setup is understanding of the situation.
Alexander-Arnold has played 32 games for club and country this season his progress interrupted briefly by a knee injury sustained in mid-January. He joins Fabian Delph Ruben Loftus Cheek John Stones and Luke Shaw in withdrawing.
England retains Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier as options at right‑back with Southgate resisting the temptation to call up the uncapped Aaron Wan Bissaka from the under‑21s.
The Crystal Palace defender has had an eye catching season but Southgate would prefer him to play a key role for Aidy Boothroyd’s side who are preparing for the summer’s European Championship in San Marino and Italy. Wan-Bissaka is expected to play on Thursday against Poland at Ashton Gate.
Marcus Rashford’s ankle injury is being monitored with Jadon Sancho an option alongside Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling in a front three. Michael Keane may partner Harry Maguire at center-half having regained form with Everton over recent weeks.
“I know I’ve had a few games where I could have done better but that’s normal it’s about trying to get over it as quick as possible. That’s something I didn’t manage to do last season.”
England is set to play their qualifier against Kosovo in September at Southampton. It will be the first time St Mary’s has hosted the national side since October 2002.
Heaton has seen off the challenge of fellow England goalkeepers Joe Hart and Nick Pope to become the undisputed first choice at Burnley although Pickford is set to retain his place against the Czech Republic. Heaton missed the majority of the 2017-18 seasons with injury.
“The first step was to get back involved and then hopefully kick on he said. That is certainly my plan if you have an injury that keeps you out for a long time football does not wait it carries on. Both Nick and Joe have played very well and nabbed the shirt so it can be very difficult. I hope there is robustness there in terms of my mentality towards it and it would be nice to use that going forward.”
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