Liverpool defender given major selection hint as new squad number confirmed

Liverpool duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are in the England squad for Euro 2024
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Gareth Southgate has offered a potential hint over Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold's involvement with England during the forthcoming European Championships.

The squad numbers for the tournament have been confirmed with Alexander-Arnold handed the number eight jersey, suggesting he is poised to feature in the starting line-up for the group opener against Serbia in Gelsenkirchen on June 16.

While a right-back with his club, the 25-year-old is regarded as a midfielder by the national team and started in the engine room for last Monday's 3-0 friendly win over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday in which he scored.

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Alexander-Arnold was also a rare positive on Friday evening when England's preparations for the tournament concluded with a dismal 1-0 reverse against Iceland at Wembley.

Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham, who are the first-choice midfielders for England, have been given the number four and 10 jerseys respectively. Of the other midfielders in the 26-man party, Conor Gallagher is number 16, Adam Wharton 25 and Kobbie Mainoo has been handed the number 26 shirt.

Alexander-Arnold's number eight was worn by former Liverpool team-mate Jordan Henderson for the last three major international tournaments with England. Henderson wasn't considered for the Euros after a disappointing time with Al-Ettifaq and Ajax after leaving Anfield last summer.

Alexander-Arnold wore the number 22 shirt at the 2018 World Cup and the number 18 jersey at the finals four years later. He was injured for the European Championships played in 2021.

Joe Gomez, Liverpool's other representative in the England squad, has been given the number 22 jersey on his first involvement in a major international tournament.