This has been the burning question among English football fans all week – will Gareth Southgate select Trent Alexander-Arnold or leave him out of his final squad for Euro 2020?
Information released on Monday night claims the Liverpool defender will not be included in the list of 26 players the England boss will announce on Tuesday.
Southgate picked a provisional 33-man squad last week, to allow the two European finals to be played out and to fully assess those recovering from recent injuries.
It’s the right-back position that will pose the most headaches, with four brilliant players at his disposal.
Alongside Alexander-Arnold are the two full-backs who played in the Champions League final, Kyle Walker and Reece James, alongside La Liga winner Kieran Trippier.
Sources have told ESPN the Liverpool man will be left out while the other three will be part of the squad.
There had already been doubts about his selection chances when Southgate decided not to pick him for the international break in March.
Now it looks like only a last minute injury will make room for him in the squad.
Former England striker Darren Bent has admitted he believes Alexander-Arnold will be the one to lose when Southgate names his team.
He told Drive on Monday, “I wouldn’t leave it out, but you listen to the way Gareth talks about him. You look at who he’s competing with, they finished the season really well.
“We saw, arguably, two of England’s best right-backs on show on Saturday. Kyle Walker is number one, Reece James was brilliant and Kieran Trippier has just won La Liga.
“Gareth has talked about Trent before and maybe he could play in midfield so I think he’s going to be the one left out.
“I’m a huge Trent fan, and I would take it, but I don’t think Gareth will. It’s really difficult. “
But Tony Cascarino believes it would be hard for Southgate to let him out of his final squad.
“I think it would be a very hard thing to do not to select Trent [for the final squad]”Cascarino told Weekend Sports Breakfast.
“He is now an experienced pro who has been evolving for two or three years at the highest level. Would you really like to select it and then say it won’t do the last 26? I don’t see it.
“Obviously you can use it a different way 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 are going to have a lot of opportunities to hit things and get into the forward areas, then no one is better than Trent in terms of delivering the ball to an area. that causes chaos.
Trevor Sinclair and Jamie O’Hara agreed with Cascarino on Tuesday’s Breakfast.
Sinclair said, “I wouldn’t take five right-backs, I would have to let one go, and it would have to be Kieran Trippier, for me.
“I know he just won La Liga with Atletico Madrid and he played superbly 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 of him, so I would 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 Trent in midfield. You have to take Trippier, he just won the league in Spain and he has tournament experience.