Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to be called up to England’s final 23-man World Cup squad.
Gareth Southgate will name his final selection on Wednesday afternoon, having submitted a 35-man squad to FIFA on Monday.
Alexander-Arnold was widely reported to be included in the latter, but few expected the as yet uncapped right-back to receive the nod for the finalised tournament squad.
But Paul Joyce of The Times, Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail and numerous other sources report that the 19-year-old will be headed to Russia this summer.
Storey bloody knew all along.
Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold set to be named in England squad
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) May 16, 2018
Mokbel says that Southgate plans to ‘reward’ the defender for his ‘superb season’ at Liverpool.
Alexander-Arnold has made the right-back spot his own for the club, and is expected to start the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 26.
Gary Cahill or Kieran Trippier are expected to drop out of the squad to accommodate Alexander-Arnold.
Southgate possibly forecast the decision in an interview with beIN SPORTS recently.
“It’s very exciting, he’s shown in some really big games that he has more than coped, he’s excelled. That’s great credit to him,” he said.
“He is experiencing big games, and winning big games. That is an important thing for young players, those experiences stay in your memory bank.”
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