Trent Alexander-Arnold was one of four specialist right-backs selected in England’s 26-man final for the European Championships on Tuesday, while Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson were included despite continuing fitness concerns that made them questionable in the group stage matches. .
The seven players cut off from the 33-man interim team named last week by England coach Gareth Southgate were strikers Mason Greenwood and Olli Watkins, midfielders James Ward-Proes and Jesse Lingard, defenders Ben White and Ben Gardley Godfrey.
The biggest intrigue surrounded Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool’s creative and attacking full-back, who was missed for England in March but finished the season in the Premier League and was selected in the extended group along with three other right-backs, Kieran Tripier. Kyle Walker and Reese James.
All four will finish in the tournament, with Southgate talking about the flexibility of each player, with James playing in midfield, Walker on the left and Tripie in the back.
“In general, they are in our top 26 players and that’s why they are in the squad,” Southgate said, adding with a laugh, “If I could pick a fifth or sixth quarterback, I probably would.”
Southgate are among those who previously suggested that Alexander-Arnold could be positioned as a midfielder in the future, given his vision and his goal goal. He has never played as a midfielder in his senior career at Liverpool, however, only at the youth team level.
Alexander-Arnold, Southgate said, was informed three weeks ago that he would be selected for the team.
“Always believe in yourself. Silence the doubters,” the Liverpool player tweeted after being selected.
Maguire missed the last five games of the Manchester United season – including last week’s Europa League final – due to an ankle sprain, while Henderson, the Liverpool captain, has not played since February due to a groin problem.
Southgate have chosen both, although they are unlikely to be available for England’s first Group D match against Croatia on June 13th. In fact, when asked if Maguire would play a role in the group stage or be selected later in the tournament, the England coach said: “We don’t know that yet.”
“He has a little work to do,” Southgate said. “It’s like Hendo, and they both really have to do something to be available. But we think there’s an opportunity for them to play a role and the fact that they’re such fantastic characters to have around the band.
“Hendo’s leadership, his presence, influences other people, especially the younger ones in the group. And since we were able to choose 26, we felt that the possibility of these two being with us was clear. “
Greenwood officially withdrew from the dispute early Tuesday, “to fully recover from a major injury,” said his club, Manchester United. Southgate said he knew Friday that Greenwood would not be available.
Southgate had given themselves an extra week to decide their last 26 players, as last week 12 European club finals played in the European club finals with United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
One player who sounded particularly excited was Jude Bellingham, a 17-year-old midfielder who has already established himself as a regular at Borussia Dortmund and who was particularly impressive in the team’s quarter-final matches against Man City.
“He’s phenomenal,” Southgate said. “Exactly in training in the last few days to compete 17-year-old with senior players – he has not only technique but also competitiveness, maturity. He is an extremely exciting player and we do not accept him only for the experience. “
England will play a warm-up for Euro 2020 against Austria on Wednesday and another against Romania on Sunday.
After Croatia’s match at Wembley Stadium, the Southgate team plays Scotland and the Czech Republic in the same place. There is also a potential match from the round of 16 at Wembley for England, while the semi-finals and final will be played there.
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion), Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chillwell (Chelsea), Connor Coedy (Wolverhampton), Reese James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaws (Manchester United) (Manchester City), Kieran Tripier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Calvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham)
Forward: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grillish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bucaio Saka (Arsenal), Jaden Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) Sterling (Manchester City)