Gary Lineker insists Trent Alexander-Arnold is the ‘BEST attacking fullback in the world’ and losing him is a major blow to England as fans fear Gareth Southgate’s men can now NOT win a European Championship after Liverpool star was ruled out due to an injury
Gary Lineker has reacted to England’s injury after Trent Alexander-Arnold was forced to withdraw from Gareth Southgate’s squad, with fans fearing the Three Lions’ chances of winning the European Championship this summer.
The nation collectively took a deep breath on Wednesday night after the Liverpool fullback staggered with a muscle problem in the closing moments of England’s 1-0 win over Austria at Riverside.
England boss Southgate pleaded for calm minds after the game and insisted that Alexander-Arnold undergo medical checkups to assess the problem.
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Gary Lineker led tribute to Trent Alexander-Arnold after he withdrew from England squad
The 22-year-old suffered a thigh injury during England’s victory over Austria on Wednesday
And the 22-year-old got the worst possible news on Thursday, scans showed that the Englishman has suffered a quad injury and will therefore be sidelined for four to six weeks.
It means Alexander-Arnold will miss this summer’s European Championship, leaving Southgate with a dilemma of who to select to replace the dynamic right-back.
Match of the Day host and former England striker Lineker has lamented on Twitter the Three Lions’ loss of ‘the best attacking right-back in world football’.
The absence of Alexander-Arnold is a huge blow to Gareth Southgate for the competition
What a blow to @TrentAA and @England,” he wrote. “It’s such a shame to lose the best attacking right-back in world football.”
Fans have taken to social media in droves, devastated by the loss of the high-flying right-back just days before England’s opening game against Croatia.
“Trent Alexander-Arnold out of European Championship due to injury,” one fan wrote. “How the hell are we going to win now?”
Another supporter said: ‘Trent Alexander-Arnold will be out of the European Championship then. I have a bad feeling about our team right now.’
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker took to Twitter to describe the news as a ‘slap’
England fans also fear the Three Lions’ chances without the 22-year-old defender
“So after all that speculation, Trent Alexander-Arnold ends up OUT of England’s squad for the Euro 2020 tournament,” wrote one fan. ‘@TrentAA, speedy recovery!’
A supporter hopes Southgate won’t risk their big players for Sunday’s final friendly against Romania. that is the threat of losing stars through injury.
Bruised for Trent Alexander-Arnold and I hope Gareth won’t risk many of England’s top players in Sunday’s friendly against Romania,” the fan wrote.
The Liverpool star’s withdrawal clears a spot in the squad with 10 days until the game in Croatia
The England squad will no doubt be devastated by the loss of Alexander-Arnold on the eve of the tournament, with Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire in competition fitness limo.
Bukayo Saka said Alexander-Arnold’s injury was “devastating” on Wednesday night.
“It’s devastating, he’s worked hard to earn his place, it’s a shame. We hope it’s not too serious,” he said.