There will be seven faces of disappointment on Tuesday afternoon when Gareth Southgate names his English side of 26 players for Euro 2020.
Southgate is due to cut its provisional squad to 33, with plenty of talk about who will and who won’t make the cut.
A major talking point was the potential omission of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The 22-year-old suffered a mixed campaign for Jurgen Klopp’s men and was excluded from Southgate’s final team in March.
And with fellow right-backs Reece James, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker all included in the provisional squad, it seems inevitable that one of them will miss the tournament.
However, Tony Cascarino believes it would be difficult for Southgate to let Alexander-Arnold out of his final squad now.
“I think it would be really hard not to select Trent [for the final squad]Cascarino told Weekend Sports Breakfast.
“He is now an experienced pro who has been around for two or three years now at the highest level. Would you really pick him and say he won’t make the 26 finalists? I don’t see it.
“Obviously you can use it differently and push it forward. I think there is a real argument that you have to use Trent in some matches.
“If you really feel like you’re going to dominate the game and you’re going to have a lot of opportunities to whip things up and get into front zones, then no one is better than Trent when it comes to throwing a ball into a zone.” . which causes chaos.
Trevor Sinclair and Jamie O’Hara were in tune with Cascarino over Tuesday’s breakfast.
Sinclair said, “I wouldn’t take five right-backs, I would have to let one of them go, and it should be Kieran Trippier, for me.
“I know he just won La Liga with Atletico Madrid and he played really well, but I’m just looking at the others – Reece James was huge in the Champions League final, Kyle Walker has speed and of adaptability, Trent Alexander-Arnold has more than him, so I’d leave Trippier out.
Meanwhile, O’Hara added, “I would take the five right-backs because I think Trent can play in midfield.
“Southgate is already talking about potentially playing with Trent in midfield. You have to take Trippier, he just won the league in Spain and he has tournament experience.
However, former Crystal Palace midfielder Darren Ambrose believes Alexander-Arnold will miss a spot in Southgate’s final squad.
“There are going to be some big decisions and probably the most important is right-back,” he told Darren Bent’s Boot Room.
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“I think Trent is going to miss it. I think this is the biggest omission of most of them.
“Reece James was exceptional [against Man City] so he really claimed his place, [Kieran] Trippier can play right or left, Kyle Walker can also play in the middle of the three.
“I know Gareth Southgate came out and said Trent can play in midfield because he’s a fantastic player, but I just think he might be missing.
Pressed to find out who he thinks will miss a place in Euro 2020, Ambrose added: “[Aaron] Ramsdale, Ben White, Ben Godfrey, Ollie Watkins, [Bukayo] Saka, Thirty [Alexander-Arnold] so what [James] Ward-Prowse or [Jordan] Henderson, depending on what he looks like in terms of fitness.
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