England boss Gareth Southgate bizarrely picked four right-backs in his Euro 2020 squad.

This meant Jesse Lingard was one of the midfielders to drop out, with Southgate sacrificing one of his attacking players.

Well, Lingard might just get a reprieve, as Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered an injury in England’s win over Austria.

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard had been selected to start the game, despite being omitted from England’s 26-man squad.

Southgate was obviously mindful there could be a late injury, hence his reason for keeping Lingard around.

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Lingard played well in England’s 1-0 friendly win, having a shot blocked in the first half and then playing a part in Bukayo Saka’s second half winning goal.

There is a small chance now that Lingard gets a Euro 2020 reprieve if Alexander-Arnold’s injury turns out to be serious enough to cost him his place at the tourmanent which starts on June 11.


Some of the reaction on social media was calling for this to happen, as opposed to Southgate calling up another right-back.

United players rested

Manchester United’s quartet who did make the 26-man squad played no part against Austria.

HarryMaguire and Marcus Rashford were already nursing injuries, with the defender’s ankle injury putting him in doubt for England’s opener.

Jordan Pickford was preferred in goal to Dean Henderson, and Luke Shaw was rested at left-back.

England have another friendly match against Romania on Sunday night before the Euros start.

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