‘It was awful,’ Jack Grealish says of Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-departure. Arnold’s
Trent Alexander-absence Arnold’s from Euro 2020 is “unfortunate,” according to Jack Grealish, who believes England would have profited from his set-piece expertise.
After suffering a thigh injury during his country’s pre-tournament friendly against Austria last week, Alexander-Arnold is racing against the clock to be ready for pre-season.
Grealish was the Premier League’s most fouled player this season, and he was a frequent target in England’s recent friendly against Austria and Romania.
And the Aston Villa midfielder believes that Alexander-dead-ball Arnold’s skill would have helped Gareth Southgate’s team.
“I got a couple kicks in the two games last week, but like I said after those games, if I can do anything to help the squad, I will,” Grealish stated.
“When you look around our team, you can see how many set-piece takers we have, particularly Tripps” (Kieran Trippier).
“It’s bad that Trent had to return home, but there are still a lot of people with incredible set-piece delivery. As a result, if I’m fouled, I’ll take the knocks for the team. That doesn’t worry me at all.”
Grealish also praised Jordan Henderson’s leadership and the example he sets for his Liverpool teammates.
“You come here and watch Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane and what they do off the field,” he continued.
“Obviously, we can all see what they do on it. But what they do on the practice field, around the facility, and how they care for themselves.
“You sit there thinking, ‘It’s no surprise they’ve had the careers they’ve had.’ That, I believe, is one of the key reasons for my development as a player, a person, and a captain.”
On Sunday, England’s Euro 2020 campaign kicks off against Croatia at Wembley Stadium. The tournament begins on Friday evening in Rome, when Italy takes on Turkey.
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