There will be seven disappointed faces on Tuesday afternoon when Gareth Southgate names his 26-man England squad for Euro 2020.
Southgate has to trim down his 33-man provisional squad, with plenty of discussions over who will and who won’t make the cut.
One major talking point has been the potential omission of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The 22-year-old has endured a mixed campaign for Jurgen Klopp’s men, and was left out of Southgate’s last squad in March.
And with fellow right-backs Reece James, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker all included in the provisional squad, it seems inevitable one of those will miss out on the tournament.
However, Tony Cascarino believes it would be hard for Southgate to leave Alexander-Arnold out of his final squad now.
“I think it would be a really harsh thing to do to not select Trent [for the final squad],” Cascarino told The Weekend Sports Breakfast.
“He’s now an experienced pro who has been around for two or three years now at the top level. Would you really select him and then say he’s not going to make the final 26? I don’t see that.
“Obviously you can utilise him different and push him forward. I do think there is a real argument that you’ve got to use Trent in certain matches.
“If you really feel you’re going to dominate play and you’re going to get in a lot of chances to whip things in and get in forward areas, then no-one’s better than Trent in terms of delivering a ball into an area which causes mayhem.”
Trevor Sinclair and Jamie O’Hara were in agreement with Cascarino on Tuesday’s Breakfast show.
Sinclair said: “I wouldn’t take five right-backs, I’d have to let one of them go, and it would have to be Kieran Trippier, for me.
“I know he’s just won LaLiga with Atletico Madrid and he’s played superbly well, but I just look at the others – Reece James was immense in the Champions League final, Kyle Walker has speed and adaptability, Trent Alexander-Arnold going forward has more than him, so I would leave out Trippier.”
Meanwhile, O’Hara added: “I would take all five right-backs, because I think Trent can play midfield.
“Southgate is already talking about potentially playing Trent in midfield. You’ve got to take Trippier, he’s just won the league in Spain and he’s got tournament experience.”
However, ex-Crystal Palace midfielder Darren Ambrose believes Alexander-Arnold will miss out on a spot in Southgate’s final squad.
“There’s going to be some big decisions and the biggest one is probably at right-back,” he told Darren Bent’s Boot Room.
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“I think Trent’s going to miss out. I think’s that’s the biggest omission from the lot of them.
“Reece James was outstanding [against Man City] so he’s really staked a claim for his place, [Kieran] Trippier can play right or left, Kyle Walker can play in the middle of the three too.
“I know Gareth Southgate has come out and said Trent can play in midfield as he’s a fantastic player, but I just think he could miss out.”
Pressed on who he believes will miss out on a spot in Euro 2020, Ambrose added: “[Aaron] Ramsdale, Ben White, Ben Godfrey, Ollie Watkins, [Bukayo] Saka, Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and then [James] Ward-Prowse or [Jordan] Henderson, depending on what he looks like in terms of fitness.”
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