England name 26 man squad for Euro 2020: Trent Alexander-Arnold named in Gareth Southgates’ squad

Alexander-Arnold has won 12 senior caps for the Three Lions and scored once in that time

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been included in England’s final 26-man squad for this summer’s European Championship.

Liverpool full-back Alexander-Arnold, 22, is one of four right-backs, while both the injured Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson are both named in the side.

Boss Gareth Southgate had to omit seven players from his temporary list.

Mason Greenwood withdrew through injury with Jesse Lingard, Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Ben Godfrey, James Ward-Prowse and Ollie Watkins all left out.

The final squad means there will be no uncapped players in England’s squad for the tournament, which gets underway next week.

“I think every squad [selection] is difficult because we have a lot of talented players in this country, said 50-year-old Southgate.

“The most difficult thing [this time] is not being able to take players who have been with us in previous matches and are such good professionals, so I know what a disappointment it is for them, at the moment, not to be going to a major championship.”

Alexander-Arnold makes the cut as he looks to add to his 12 international appearances, the last of which came against Belgium in the Nations League last October.

Alexander-Arnold has missed the last seven international outings, but will be in competition for a starting place with Chelsea’s Champions League winner Reece James, Kieran Trippier, who won La Liga with Atletico Madrid, and Manchester City’s Premier League champion Kyle Walker.

Liverpool skipper Henderson has not played for his club, since he was ruled out of action with a groin injury in February, whilst United captain Maguire missed the last four league games of their season as well as the Europa League final after ankle ligament damage.

Southgate added: “The most complex part has been those injuries and whether we should take the chance on people – players like Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire not being quite where they normally are.

“With the experience that they have, we think we can get them to a point where they have an involvement in the tournament and it’s worth taking them – especially as we have an extended squad of 26.”

Who will England come up against this month?

The tournament was delayed by a year because of the on-going coronavirus pandemic and will kick off on 11 June, with the final taking place at Wembley Stadium on 11 July.

Southgate will get the chance to assess his picks in two friendlies, against Austria on Wednesday and Romania on Sunday. Both matches take place at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.

Southgate said Lingard, Ward-Prowse and Watkins were given the option to go home after missing out on the final squad but chose to remain in the camp for this week’s friendlies.

He added that White, Godfrey and Ramsdale knew beforehand they were part of the provisional squad in order to gain experience.

The Three Lions start their Euros campaign against Croatia on 13 June, followed by a huge match against rivals Scotland on 18 June, rounding off Group D against the Czech Republic on 22 June.

All of England’s group games are taking place at Wembley Stadium. They’ll also have the chance to play a last-16 tie at home of football if they win their group, with both semi-finals and the final also being held at the national stadium.

England’s 26-man squad in full

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