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Trent Alexander-Arnold had been set to miss out on Gareth Southgate's England squad for Euro 2020 – but a late U-turn could see the Liverpool defender named in the 26-man squad this afternoon.
The Premier League and Champions League winning defender has never been a regular starter with Southgate showing faith in Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier, who both won league titles this season.
However, the improvement in form of Jurgen Klopp's right-back looks to have done enough to earn him a spot in the 26-man squad for the final tournament.
The 22-year-old could now add to his 12 international appearances, with England taking on Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic at Wembley this month.
Sky Sports News reported on Tuesday afternoon that a U-turn will see Alexander-Arnold attend the major tournament, which will have lenient rules on player swaps.
“Trent is very much in contention,” Southgate said earlier this week.
“He has indirectly come in from some criticism at a certain time and I felt the need to communicate more with him than anyone else over the past couple of months but I think his performances have been very good.
"I don’t mind the criticism of my decisions, that’s part and parcel of it. But he is a young player we have got to look after and care for.
“I know when you leave a player out it feels as if that doesn’t match up but, we have communicated regularly since.
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"I’m a little bit surprised by some of the things that have been written about that because people just don’t know those communications that have gone on.
"But that is credit to Trent that he has kept that to himself.
“Perhaps people didn’t like my rationale but, in my own way, I was trying to protect the player. In the end, maybe that didn’t work.
"When you make a decision like I’ve made, of course, there’s going to be ramifications to that. I accept that. But I didn’t want the player to suffer in any way, that’s not the relationship I’ve had with him since he was 17.
"We are where we are, he is a very good footballer that has never been in any doubt and he’s with us next week and we go from there.”
While all 24 qualified countries have named provisional squads, UEFA set a deadline of June 1 for the final details with the tournament kicking off on Friday June 11.
Earlier in the day, Greenwood was withdrawn from squad by Manchester United, who revealed that an underlying injury has left him needing time to recover.
In addition, it was first reported by The Athletic that Lingard had not made the final 26, despite his fine form firing West Ham into top four contention.
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