Why Trent Alexander-Arnold and Declan Rice can't have their preferred numbers at Euro 2024

Trent Alexander-Arnold of England celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the international friendly match between England and Bosnia & Herzegovina at St James' Park on June 03, 2024 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
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Trent Alexander-Arnold and Declan Rice will be forced to abandon their preferred shirt numbers at this summer's Euro 2024 due to strict UEFA rules.

The pair avoided the Euro 2024 cut on Thursday to confirm their place in Gareth Southgate's final 26-man squad heading to Germany after fantastic individual campaigns for their clubs.

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James Ridge is a freelance journalist based in the UK. He recently spent time with The United Stand as an online news editor and has covered the beautiful game from England’s eighth tier all the way to the Premier League.