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Liverpool star forced to cancel holiday as friends left 'blowing up his phone'

Curtis Jones, Jarell Quansah and Trent Alexander-Arnold run together during an England training session.
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Liverpool defender Jarell Quansah has opened up on what it means to him to have been selected for the provisional England squad ahead of the summer's European Championship.

"I’ve been dreaming since I was young for this opportunity, so I’m buzzing," Quansah said, via Liverpool's official website. "[I told] my family [first] — my mum and dad when I got the call. I was buzzing and they were buzzing for me. Probably crying, to be honest.

"I had a few holidays booked with [my mates] and I’ve had to tell them to go without me. They’re obviously blowing up my phone and they’re buzzing for me."

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Curtis Jones, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold were also named in the England squad for the summer's tournament in Germany. Not all of them are guaranteed to make the final cut, though, with Gareth Southgate needing to chop the 33-man provisional squad down to 26.

Of the Reds contingent, only Alexander-Arnold is likely to be sure of his place in the final squad that travels to face Serbia, Denmark and Slovenia in the group phase, and even he will be playing in midfield rather than at right-back. Jordan Henderson and Marcus Rashford are two of the big names to have missed out so far.

Liverpool.com says: Quansah had a superb season and is more than worthy of his place in the squad. With England having so few options at the back, he should be right up there when it comes to picking a pecking order. The likes of Harry Maguire and John Stones have done well for their country but Quansah has been better than them lately.

The same can be said of Jones. It's his first senior call-up as well but it is more than deserved. Jones is excellent at his best and would be a good option in the center of the field where Southgate has very limited options to choose from. A Jones-Rice-Bellingham midfield would have a nice balance to it.