In latest England news, Trent Alexander-Arnold is not included in England’s matchday squad as Gareth Southgate‘s side prepare to face Germany at Wembley on Monday night.
England’s five-game winless run is their longest since 2014 and Friday’s meek 1-0 loss at absentee-hit Italy saw them relegated from the Nations League’s top tier with a game to spare.
Monday’s clash with Germany is a dead rubber as a result, but it remains key for England in terms of improving the mood and rebuilding confidence in their final match before the World Cup begins.
Brentford forward Ivan Toney has been included in the matchday squad, having missed out against Italy, while Jack Grealish is suspended.
Jarrod Bowen, Fikayo Tomori and James Ward-Prowse are also absent.
Sky Sports News senior reporter Rob Dorsett:”This is the most difficult spell by a distance that Southgate has had to endure in his six years as England manager.
” It is a difficult time, and he is under pressure. England have gone five games without a win. They have lost two on the trot, and frankly, they are bereft of any confidence right now.
“That said, the pressure doesn’t apply in terms of Southgate potentially losing his job before the World Cup. That is just not going to happen. ‘That would be ludicrous of the FA to do that’ was the way it was described to me because the level of insecurity and instability that would create going into a major tournament is just not on the agenda at all.”
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