Trent Alexander-Arnold feared a European Championship heartbreak as he anxiously waits to find out if he will have to withdraw from the squad due to injury.
The Liverpool star looked distraught as he stumbled after sustaining a thigh injury, worryingly with no one around, with his hopes of being part of Gareth Southgate’s 26-strong party hanging by a thread.
“It’s not a good sign to see him walk away like this,” said head coach Gareth Southgate.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has injured England this summer ahead of the European Championship
He went down with a muscle problem in the closing moments of the win over Austria
“We’re going to take a look, we’ll assess him in the next 24 hours. The medical team assesses it, we check it. Obviously not a good sign.
“We don’t know the full extent, but the last thing we wanted him to do was end the way he did.”
The injury turned what had been a rollercoaster ride on the international front for Alexander-Arnold for a few months.
He was kicked out of England’s squad before the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign, a decision that cast serious doubts on his place in Southgate’s Euro roster.
Alexander-Arnold looked unhappy as he stumbled off the field in the final stages
English defender and captain Wolves comforts Alexander-Arnold after his muscular knock
Alexander-Arnold, who was unable to walk free when he left the Riverside on Wednesday night, regained his place in the England squad for the tournament earlier this week but now faces the devastating prospect of missing out through injury.
Team-mate Bukayo Saka, who scored the winning goal against Austria, added: “It’s devastating, he’s worked hard to earn his place, it’s a shame. We hope it’s not too serious.’
ITV pundits Roy Keane, Eni Aluko and Ian Wright expressed concern about Alexander-Arnold in the wake of England’s win, with all three fearing the Liverpool star would miss the European Championship.
‘It certainly didn’t’ [look good]said Keane. “We’re quick to jump the gun, but he walked past us there and he looked awkward and cursed quite a bit.
‘It doesn’t look good. The man seems to be in big trouble.’
Roy Keane expressed concern for Alexander-Arnold, saying the right-back ‘looks in big trouble’
Ian Wright doubts full defender will be available for Croatia on June 13
Eni Aluko added: “It’s such a shame for Trent, we’ve talked so much about his journey and this injury isn’t looking good.
“It opens up a place for someone else. Is Jesse Lingard coming in? It will open it when Trent is gone.”
Meanwhile, Wright said he strongly doubts Alexander-Arnold will be available to Southgate for the curtain raise against Croatia on June 13.
“My instinct is you could see when he covered his face with his shirt, he felt it wouldn’t happen to him,” said the Arsenal legend.
‘You know immediately when you’re injured. The way he kicked the ball could be the thigh or hamstring. He won’t make it with 11 days.’
Gareth Southgate revealed after the game that his defender may have had a thigh problem
Alexander-Arnold was not the only injury concern on Wednesday evening.
Jack Grealish, who only recently returned from a shin injury, needed ice following his involvement in the game, while Jordan Henderson, who has not played since February due to a groin injury, remained on the bench despite Southgate saying on the eve of the game that he would be involved. Harry Maguire only recently started running after an ankle injury.
“We were hoping to get Jordan involved, but this morning he wasn’t so happy. We scanned him and it was all fine, but we made the decision and he will resume training normally,” said Southgate.
There was a mixed reaction of booing and applause after players got on their knees before the game
Speaking of his team’s win, Southgate added: “I thought we started very well against a very good team with very good players.
‘The first hour was of good quality. We had to make changes and we looked a bit disjointed and in the end we stuck.’
After some booing that greeted English players to their knees, Southgate said: ‘I’ve heard, it’s not something, on behalf of our black players, that we wanted to hear.
“Some people think it’s a political position, but it’s not. So I was glad it was drowned out by the majority of the crowd.’