England World Cup squad: Trent Alexander-Arnold handed shock call-up by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate

The uncapped right-back, who has enjoyed an outstanding breakthrough season, will be named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for Russia this afternoon.


Alexander-Arnold, 19, has played in England’s youth age groups between 16 and 21 but this will be his first senior call-up.

While on under-21s duty, he was asked by boss Southgate to train with the seniors ahead of the March friendlies with Holland and Italy.

Sunsport last week reported that he was being considered by Southgate for a World Cup call-up but he was expected to be put on standby.

But the player who has flourished under Jurgen Klopp this season – and is preparing for the Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday week – will be heading to Russia on June 12 with the rest of the team.


Alexander-Arnold comes from West Derby, a short drive from Liverpool’s Melwood training ground and he still lives with his mum and brothers.

He has played 32 times for Liverpool this season and has scored three times.


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It could mean curtains for Kieran Trippier's chances of making the plane to Russia this summer.

The Spurs man, also a right-back, has had a similarly fine season in the Premier League, but looks more likely to be on the standby list at best.

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