Trent Alexander-Arnold hobbled out in England’s 1-0 friendly win over Austria on Wednesday, less than two weeks before the start of their Euro 2020 campaign against Croatia on June 13; “It’s not a good indication to see him having to go off like he did,” Gareth Southgate remarked after the friendly encounter.
Trent Alexander-probable Arnold’s thigh injury will be investigated over the next 48 hours, according to England boss Gareth Southgate, who said witnessing the right-back hobble off against Austria was “not a good sign.”
After clearing the ball in the final minutes of England’s 1-0 triumph at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday, Alexander-Arnold pulled up and was helped towards the sideline to receive treatment from the England medical team.
It has cast doubt on the Liverpool defender’s availability for England’s Euro 2020 campaign, which kicks off against Croatia at Wembley on June 13 in less than two weeks.
“We’ve got to see,” Southgate told Sky Sports News after the game. “It’s certainly not a good indication that he’s had to go off the ground, and he was in some difficulty.”
“Let’s see how Trent is first, then we’ll proceed from there,” he said when asked who would receive the call if the 22-year-old was ruled out.
Alexander-Arnold was included to Southgate’s 26-man team for the tournament this summer, but his selection was one of the most contentious issues leading up to Tuesday’s announcement.
The initial 33-man squad included Ben Godfrey, Jesse Lingard, Aaron Ramsdale, James Ward-Prowse, Ollie Watkins, and Ben White, who did not make the final 26.
After some spectators criticised the gesture at the Riverside Stadium, Southgate feels the meaning of taking a knee before kick-off is being missed.
The players knelt before kick-off at Middlesbrough’s stadium on Wednesday to audible booing, marking the first occasion an England team has done the anti-racism gesture in front of a home crowd.
The cheers of the near-7,000-strong audience quickly drowned it out, but Southgate and his players will be hoping that the team’s instinctive reaction does not accompany them throughout the forthcoming European Championship.
When questioned about the rapid reaction from a big number of supporters, Southgate stated, “I did hear it.”
“It’s not something I wanted to hear on behalf of our black players because it feels like a condemnation on them.” I believe we have a scenario where some individuals believe it is a political position with which they disagree.
“The guys aren’t doing it for that purpose. “We’re there for each other.”
The early booing were drowned out by a wave of support, and with similar reactions being seen throughout England since the return of fans, Southgate wants to see the message’s meaning repeated.
“I was relieved that the bulk of the audience drowned it out, but we can’t deny that it happened,” he continued.