Alexander-Arnold had a message for his critics who were suggesting he shouldn’t be selected for the Euros because he is of inferior quality to Reece James, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker
Trent Alexander-Arnold has sent a defiant message to his “doubters” after he was called up to England ‘s squad for the Euros.
But the England boss opted to include the Anfield star as he finalised his 26-man squad for the upcoming European Championships.
And Alexander-Arnold had a message for his critics who were suggesting he shouldn’t be selected for Euro 2020 because he is of inferior quality to Reece James, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker.
He said on Twitter : “Always believe in yourself. Silence the doubters.”
Gareth Southgate says every player he selected is there to make a difference and there won’t be any “tourists” in the squad.
He said: “The experienced players are the ones that know how to win and have been in tournaments before and driven the team.
“You need that balance. There are the young players that come in and give it energy – we’re not taking any tourists here, we’ve got a squad which every one of whom is ready to play and contribute.
“That’s really important because over the next nine matches we hope to be involved in, we’re going to need everybody. That experience in the positional mix is really important.”
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Aaron Ramsdale, Ben Godfrey, Ben White, Jesse Lingard, James Ward-Prowse and Ollie Watkins were all excluded from the final 26-man team.
And Southgate admitted it was difficult to leave out such quality players with so much experience on the international stage.
Lingard, Ward-Prowse and Watkins were given the option to leave the group after missing out on the final squad – but they’ve all chosen to remain for this week’s friendlies against Austria and Romania.
Southgate added: “You never want to give bad news. It’s lovely to give people debuts and bring them into the squad for the first time, but it’s much harder to deliver difficult news.
“With the lads this time – there were three who knew they were coming in for the experience of training with us and for these two matches – and we’re really pleased with Ben White, Ben Godfrey and Aaron Ramsdale. They have added a lot to the group.
“For me personally, very difficult to speak to Jesse Lingard, who has given so much for England over a long period of time. James Ward-Prowse, who has captained the under-21s, and Ollie Watkins, who has had a tremendous season with Aston Villa.
“Those three, I gave them the option of going home, but they were all adamant they wanted to stay and be a part of the group. I think Jesse will probably start tomorrow.
“Their commitment and professionalism has been exemplary and it meant yesterday afternoon when I had the conversation with those players, although they were disappointed, they knew where they stood and the atmosphere around the camp has stayed positive.”