Blow to England as Liverpool Right Back Ruled out of Euros with Thigh Injury

England right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold will not be participating in the Euro 2020 after being ruled out with a thigh injury.

Trent hurt his thigh during the closing stages of the friendly with Austria on Wednesday, June 2.

The injury is likely to keep the 22-year old out for at least six weeks, meaning he will miss the entire tournament.

It came barely 36 hours after fans breathed a sigh of relief after learning that Trent was in the final 26-man squad after reports Southgate would overlook him.

Prior to the call up, Trent had missed England’s last 7 matches amid a poor run of form for his club Liverpool.

The England boss will not announce a replacement until after the warm-up game against Romania on Sunday, June 6.

England’s defensive conundrum

England have been tipped as one of the favourites to clinch the Euros, with their squad enjoying immense depth in nearly all departments.

But questions have been raised over their defence, with Gareth Southgate naming four right-backs in his final 26-man squad.

The departure of Trent is likely to open an opportunity for Ben White (Brighton & Hove Albion) or Ben Godfrey (Everton),

Manchester United centre back Harry Maguire was also named in the squad but the towering defender is still recovering from an ankle injury and his full involvement in the tournament is still in doubt.

England are in Group D and will play all of their group games at the Wembley Stadium.

They kick off their campaign with a crunch match against 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia on Sunday, June 13.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo took out time to drive around Lisbon town in his £2.15 million worth Bugatti Chiron earlier this week. 

The 36-year-old is back in his home country as preparations for the Euro 2020 championship this summer hit top gear. 

However, in a way to relieve some of the stress his body may have accrued since the national team camp was opened, the Juventus winger stepped out for fresh air with his sports car.