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Kieran Trippier Backed To Make Starting XI Against Croatia

Kieran Trippier is amongst the names being backed to land an England starting berth against Croatia in their first match at Euro 2020 after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s participation was cast into doubt by a thigh injury sustained against Austria.

Manager Gareth Southgate said

the injury will be assessed but admitted the way the Liverpool defender left the pitch ‘wasn’t a good sign’

…as his chances of starting the Group D opener was pushed out to 6/1 from 2/1.

Kiernan Trippier started Wednesday’s friendly in Middlesbrough in the unfamiliar position of left back, but the Atletico Madrid defender is now an even money shot from 3/1 to start on Sunday week against Croatia, while Chelsea’s Reece James is into 11/8 from 5/2 to make the starting XI.

Jack Grealish played a starring role in the 1-0 victory over Austria and has shortened into 13/8 from 9/4 despite a slight concern over a shin issue, while Harry Maguire’s race to be fit has seen Croatia starts backed for both Tyrone Mings (6/5 from 9/4) and Conor Coady (7/4 from 5/1).

All odds correct at time of publication