Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of FOUR right-backs named by Gareth Southgate in his 26-man squad for the Euros.
The England head coach has picked the Liverpool man, along with Kyle Walker, Kieran Tripper and Reece James, in his party.
Alexander-Arnold had been tipped to miss out on a place, but instead Southgate has axed midfield duo James Ward-Prowse and Jesse Lingard.
They join uncapped defensive duo Ben Godfrey and Ben White on the sidelines, along with striker Ollie Watkins. Another forward, Mason Greenwood, had earlier pulled out through injury while Aarom Ramsdale misses out on the last goalkeeper slot.
Southgate had named a provisional 33-man squad before whittling it down to 26. Bizarrely, Lingard is set to start Wednesday night’s friendly against Austria despite being axed, with the Manchester United midfielder remaining with the squad.
Asked about Ward-Prowse, Lingard and Watkins, Southgate said he had offered them the chance to leave the group once he broke the bad news – but praised the trio for deciding to stay.
“Mason Greenwood unfortunately had to pull out on Friday so we knew he wasn’t a contender for the last few games,” he added.
“For me personally, it was very difficult to speak to Jesse, who has given so much to England, has performed so well for England over a long period of time, James Ward-Prowse who has been captain of the under-21s and then Ollie Watkins, who had a tremendous season with Aston Villa.
“Those three, I gave them the option of going home if they wanted to but they were all adamant they would want to stay and be a part of the group.
“They know that they will be involved in these two matches. I think Jesse will probably start tomorrow.
“Their commitment has been exemplary and their professionalism has been brilliant and meant that yesterday afternoon when I had the conversations with those players, although they were disappointed they knew where thy stood and it has meant the atmosphere around the camp has stayed positive and very relaxed.”
Southgate also has fitness concerns over two key players named in the squad.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has not played since undergoing groin surgery in February and Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire sustained an ankle ligament injury last month.
“The most complex part this time has been those injuries and whether we should take the chance on people,” Southgate said.
“We’ve clearly with Jordan and with Harry Maguire, we’ve got a couple of players who are not where we’d be ideally in terms of their physical prep.
“But we think that the experience they have, the fact that we think we can get them to a point where they can have an involvement in the tournament, it’s worth taking them, especially as we’ve got an extended squad of 26.”
England’s Euro 2020 squad in full
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Jordan Pickford (Everton).
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City).
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham).
Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Man City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Man City).