Trent Alexander-Arnold ruled out of Euro 2020 in major England blow

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England ace Trent Alexander-Arnold has been left devastated after suffering Euros heartbreak.

The Liverpool defender will miss the tournament after being ruled out for six weeks with a damaged thigh muscle.

Alexander-Arnold picked up the injury during the Three Lions 1-0 win over Austria on Wednesday at the Riverside.

His worst fears were confirmed when scans at England's Teeside base revealed the extent of the problem – and he now faces a desperate battle to be fit in time for the new Premier League season.

The 22-year-old was forced off near the end of the game and believes he made the injury worse by walking around the perimeter of the pitch as he made his way to the tunnel.

Southgate will name a replacement on Sunday following England's second warm up game with Romania, with Jesse Lingard and James Ward-Prowse among the favourites to get the nod.

An FA spokesman said: "Trent Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out of EURO 2020.

"The Liverpool player sustained a thigh injury in the closing stages of Wednesday’s 1-0 win against Austria in Middlesbrough.

"A scan on Thursday confirmed he will be unable to play in the forthcoming tournament, so has withdrawn from the England squad to return to his club for rehabilitation.

The news is a crushing blow to Alexander-Arnold, who was axed from Southgate's plans in March but battled hard to regain his club form and win back his place in the final squad named earlier this week.

Southgate, meanwhile, is also sweating on the fitness of Jordan Henderson ahead of he tournament.

Henderson was left on the bench against Austria after telling Southgate he didn't want to risk playing, following three months on the sidelines following a groin operation.

The Liverpool captain trained without any problems yesterday (Thu) and is expecting to be involved in England's second warm up game against Romania on Sunday.

But Southgate has dropped the strongest hint yet that Henderson will not be available for the opening Group D clash with Croatia on June 13 and he said: "I don't think it would be fair to rule him out of it, but I think it's clear to everyone how much football he has missed.

"The timelines are getting more difficult with each training session he might miss – and to not have those match minutes is a blow towards that. I'm being very realistic about what's possible here."

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