May 11, 2021

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Why Trent Alexander-Arnold was abandoned by England


Gareth Southgate explained that Trent Alexander-Arnold was not named to the England squad for the March World Cup qualifiers because he failed to peak in previous seasons and due to the strength the Three Lions boast at right-back.

The Liverpool full-back was the title absent for England’s 26-man squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland, as Southgate opted to select Reece James, Kieran instead. Trippier and Kyle Walker.

Alexander-Arnold has been in the top flight 27 times this season and tallied three assists as Liverpool’s Premier League title defense fell flat.

“There are areas of the pitch where we have an incredible competition for places and Trent is very unhappy,” Southgate told his Press conference in England.

“I don’t think he’s played at the level he’s found in the last couple of years, but I think he’s getting a lot closer now, I think in the last few weeks he’s definitely is taking steps in the right direction.

Gareth Southgate, Trent Alexander-Arnold
Southgate challenged Alexander-Arnold to return to squad ahead of Euro | Michael Regan / Getty Images

“It’s just that we think Reece James and Kieran Trippier have had exceptional seasons with their clubs, Kyle Walker is in great shape with Manchester City. We have other players in the league who are playing well in this position as well: (Matty) Cash at Aston Villa (Luke) Ayling at Leeds, we have two very good right-backs in the Under-21s. It’s really a remarkable position of strength. “

Southgate revealed he spoke to Alexander-Arnold to inform him that he had not been selected, but insisted he could very easily return to the squad before the European Championships in this summer.

“What I said to Trent earlier today, I’ve made the same call to Kyle and Kieran in the past, and their response has been good,” Southgate added. “They took up the challenge and found themselves in the team.

“Trent is of course a super talent and I’m sure he will play a big role for England in the future. He missed this time, but we could very well be sitting here before the summer and he’s with it. we.”

Alexander-Arnold’s omission, coupled with injuries to Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson, means there isn’t a single Liverpool player on the Southgate squad.

As a result, the Three Lions will play more than three consecutive games without a Liverpool representative for the first time in a five-game streak between 1997, as the Opta statistic points out. Michael reid.