England supervisor Gareth Southgate says Trent Alexander-Arnold’s suspected thigh damage will likely be assessed over the subsequent 48 hours, however admitted seeing the right-back limp off towards Austria was “not signal”.
Alexander-Arnold pulled up within the ultimate minutes of Wednesday’s 1-0 win on the Riverside Stadium after clearing the ball and was then supported whereas strolling down the sideline to obtain therapy from the England medical workers.
It has raised doubts in regards to the Liverpool defender’s availability for England’s Euro 2020 marketing campaign, which will get underway in lower than two weeks towards Croatia at Wembley on June 13.
Chatting with Sky Sports activities Information after the match, Southgate stated: “We have to see, it is clearly not signal that he is needed to stroll off the pitch, and he was in some discomfort.
Can England make squad adjustments?
After the June 1 deadline, UEFA says that groups will be capable of change gamers for severe damage or sickness – together with coronavirus or “shut contact” with a optimistic case. They may be capable of change goalkeepers all through the event within the occasion of significant damage or sickness.
“We’re so near the finals that for any participant, accidents makes them a doubt. However we are going to simply must see over the subsequent 48 hours.”
Requested who would get the decision if the 22-year-old was dominated out, he stated: “Let’s examine how Trent is first then we’ll go from there.”
Alexander-Arnold was chosen in Southgate’s 26-man squad for this summer season’s event, however his inclusion was one of many greatest matters of debate within the build-up to Tuesday’s announcement.
Southgate opted to select 4 right-backs, refusing to drop Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Reece James or Alexander-Arnold.
However relying on the severity of the latter’s damage, Southgate could also be compelled to make some late adjustments to his squad forward of the beginning of the event on June 11.
Ben Godfrey, Jesse Lingard, Aaron Ramsdale, James Ward-Prowse, Ollie Watkins and Ben White have been amongst these within the provisional 33-man squad that didn’t make the ultimate 26.
Southgate affords Grealish and Henderson replace
Southgate downplayed issues over Jack Grealish, who solely just lately returned from a shin situation and was taken off within the second half.
Jordan Henderson had been because of play his first minutes for membership or nation since present process groin surgical procedure in February, however the Liverpool captain remained on the bench towards Austria.
“With Jack, we simply felt that that was sufficient time,” Southgate stated.
“I feel you’ll be able to see nonetheless a bit of little bit of sharpness nonetheless coming and we did not need to overplay him by means of that interval.
“With Jordan, we had hoped to contain him right this moment. That was the unique plan. This morning he wasn’t so pleased with how he felt.
“We have scanned him simply to make sure. There is no downside on the scan so he’ll be capable of resume coaching however we have taken a call to depart him out of this recreation.”
‘We do not need boos as gamers take a knee’
Southgate believes the message behind taking a knee earlier than kick-off is being misplaced after some supporters booed the gesture on the Riverside Stadium.
There have been audible boos because the gamers knelt earlier than kick-off at Middlesbrough’s floor on Wednesday – the primary time an England aspect have made the anti-racism gesture in entrance of a house crowd.
It was quickly drowned out by cheers among the many near-7,000 crowd – however Southgate and his gamers will hope the quick response doesn’t comply with the workforce all through the upcoming European Championship.
“I did hear it,” stated Southgate, when requested in regards to the quick response from a lot of followers.
“It isn’t one thing on behalf of our black gamers that I wished to listen to as a result of it feels as if it’s a criticism of them. I feel now we have acquired a scenario the place some folks appear to suppose it’s a political stand that they do not agree with.
“That is not the rationale the gamers are doing it. We’re supporting one another.”
The preliminary boos have been overtaken by a groundswell of assist and, with different stadiums throughout England witnessing comparable responses for the reason that return of followers, Southgate needs to see the which means behind the message reaffirmed.
“I used to be happy that was drowned out by the vast majority of the gang however we won’t deny the truth that it occurred,” he added.
“I feel crucial factor for our gamers to know is that each one their team-mates, all of the workers are totally supportive.
“I feel the vast majority of folks perceive it, some folks aren’t fairly understanding the message and I suppose we’re seeing that throughout various soccer grounds in the intervening time.”