Jack Grealish and Trent Alexander-Arnold Sidelined for England
Manchester City winger Jack Grealish and Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold have been sidelined by the Three Lions for the clashes against Ukraine and Scotland due to injuries, the Football Association has said.
Grealish missed Manchester City’s 5-1 win over Fulham last Saturday in League Stage 4 and Alexander-Arnold was forced off the pitch with a thigh injury after Liverpool’s brilliant win over Aston Villa 3:0 on Sunday.
Withdrawal from the National Team
The FA said in a statement on Monday: “On Monday, both players moved to the national team’s training center at St. George’s Park, but withdrew from the Three Lions after examinations related to an injury they suffered prior to camp.”
And the FA has indicated that manager Gareth Southgate will not call in any players to replace him after he invited 26 players last Thursday.
England will face their Ukrainian counterpart in the Polish city of Wroclaw next Saturday as part of the 2024 European Cup Qualifier (Group C) before visiting Scotland in a friendly match celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first match between the two countries next Tuesday in Glasgow.
England top their group in the Continental Qualifiers with 12 points in four matches, six points ahead of Ukraine who have played just three matches, while Italy and North Macedonia are tied for third with three points each, noting that the former has only played two matches, so far , compared to three matches for the latter.
Malta are in last place in Group C without offsets.