After months of speculation, Trent Alexander-Arnold has been named in the final England squad for Euro 2020.
Many doubted that he would be selected by Gareth Southgate after his bizarre omission from the squad during the last international break.
However, it has today been confirmed that Alexander-Arnold will be part of the final 26-man squad.
Final 26-man England squad named
A week after naming a provisional 33-man squad for the Euros, Southgate has trimmed his squad down to 26 on UEFA’s deadline day for squad lists.
The unlucky seven that have been omitted are Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Ben Godfrey, James Ward-Prowse, Jesse Lingard, Mason Greenwood and Ollie Watkins.
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Southgate has surprised a few by naming four right-backs in the squad. It was expected that at least one of them would have been cut, but the manager has avoided controversy by selecting all four of his regulars.
Alexander-Arnold is joined by Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Reece James.
Fellow Red Jordan Henderson is also in the squad and will hope to shake off a long-term injury in time for the opening game.
The Three Lions kick off their campaign against Croatia on June 13.
RTK View: Alexander-Arnold England inclusion should never have been in doubt
Not including possibly the best right-back in the world in the England squad would have been utter lunacy on Southgate’s behalf.
Alexander-Arnold is one of the few genuinely world-class players that England have. Despite the quality of the other three right-bacs in the squad, they simply are not better footballers than the Scouser.
We still have our doubts about whether Alexander-Arnold will actually start many games for England this summer. We do not agree with the decision, but Southgate has favoured the other three in recent times.
Of course, not every Liverpool fan supports the England team. But we are sure that every Red will want to see Alexander-Arnold and Henderson do well this summer.
How did Twitter react to Alexander-Arnold’s inclusion?
As ever, Twitter users were keen to share their views on the matter, including Alexander-Arnold himself.