Trent Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out of Euro 2020 after sustaining a thigh injury in England’s friendly against Austria on Wednesday night.
The Liverpool right-back limped off in the final minutes of the 1-0 victory in Middlesbrough and later underwent a scan, which revealed he will not be fit enough to compete at this summer’s rescheduled tournament, as first reported by The Athletic.
England’s Euros campaign begins at Wembley Stadium next Sunday as Gareth Southgate’s side take on Croatia,
England are due to play another warm-up game this Sunday as they take on Romania. Southgate suggested on Wednesday evening that he would wait until that fixture has been played before bringing in a replacement for Alexander-Arnold, should the 22-year-old’s injury prove severe enough to rule him out of the Euros.
That fear has now been confirmed.
“We’ll make an assessment on the whole squad once we get through that [Romania game],” Southgate said on Wednesday. “That is a bit of a challenge for us really.”