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Trent Alexander-Arnold looks set to be a shock omission from Gareth Southgate's England squad for Euro 2020 despite the full-back's recent upturn in form, according to reports.
Alarm bells over the Liverpool star's place first sounded earlier in March when he was left out of the squad for the start of the World Cup qualifiers.
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However, according to the Athletic, this is not likely to be enough to convince Southgate to recall the 22-year-old who has 12 England caps.
The report claims it is improbable that he can now force his way back in and that only injuries or a change of heart could alter that stance.
In addition, the exclusion is also not a personal matter but on a tactical concern, with Southgate preferring full-back options who are stronger defensively.
Despite the apparent snub, the report also states that it does not close the door on Alexander-Arnold's international career at this time and that he could earn a recall in the same manner that Kyle Walker or Kieran Trippier have bounced back having also dropped out of favour in recent times.
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The duo are part of a wealth of right-back options available to Southgate, with Chelsea's Reece James breaking into the setup following a strong campaign.
Although the recently announced increase of squad size for the Euros from 23 to 26 is thought to play into Alexander-Arnold's hands, it is unlikely that Southgate would pick a fourth right-back - especially a high-profile star who would likely spend the entire tournament as a substitute.
Southgate handed Alexander-Arnold his England debut in warm-up clash against Costa Rica before the 2018 World Cup, having selected him in his final squad for the tournament in Russia.
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Although largely confined to the bench, he did start the group stage 1-0 defeat by Belgium.
The 22-year-old gradually emerged as first choice, and even as recently as September was in Southgate's starting XI.
His last England cap came in October in a 2-1 Nations League victory over Belgium at Wembley and he has not been called up since having withdrawn from the November round of international matches due to injury prior to his March selection snub. Read more