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England updates as Gareth Southgate faces Trent Alexander-Arnold replacement decision

With only seven days to the start of the rescheduled European Championship, England manager Gareth Southgate is faced with a difficult selection decision.

Trent Alexander-selection Arnold’s in the initial 26-man tournament squad announcement earlier this week was a major talking point, but the Liverpool right-back has now been ruled out of the Euros and faces a six-week layoff after suffering a thigh injury in a 1-0 friendly win over Austria.

England manager Gareth Southgate will not identify his substitute for Alexander-Arnold until after Sunday’s last warm-up friendly against Romania in Middlesbrough – could that encounter provide one more chance for someone to step forward?

Southgate’s morale will be raised by Manchester United players reporting to camp on Thursday, while their Manchester City and Chelsea counterparts are likely to report on Saturday after receiving extra recuperation following the Champions League Final last weekend.

Outside of the England camp, there are plenty of stories circulating, with Belgium star Kevin De Bruyne’s participation in the tournament still up in the air following his facial injuries in Porto.