Alexander-Arnold injury

Gareth Southgate has reacted with relief to the news that Trent Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out of the Euros. The England boss came under fierce media and fan pressure after omitting the defender from recent qualifiers.

Pleased

Southgate

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t pleased,” Southgate told Soccer on Sunday. “Problem solved, from my perspective. People say ‘Nobody likes to see a player get injured’, but that clearly isn’t true. I’m over the moon.”

“There’s a perception that I don’t think Trent is a good footballer,” said the 50 year-old. “Nothing could be further from the truth. I just think he’s a shit defender, that’s all. Can he improve that side of his game? No. I dare say he can’t.”

“Obviously we all wish Trent a slow recovery,” he added.