Gerrard calls ousted England defender Alexander-Arnold the ‘finest right-back within the nation’

Gerrard calls ousted England defender Alexander-Arnold the ‘finest right-back within the nation’

Steven Gerrard stated he was stunned by England coach Gareth Southgate’s choice to drop Trent Alexander-Arnold from the squad for his or her World Cup qualifiers and described the Liverpool defender because the “finest English right-back within the nation.”

Alexander-Arnold was disregarded of Southgate’s 26-man squad final week for this month’s 2022 World Cup qualifying matches in opposition to San Marino, Albania and Poland.

The 22-year-old, who was named the world’s finest right-back in Football4cast’s FC 100 final yr, has been an everyday within the England squad since breaking into the facet forward of the 2018 World Cup however Southgate stated his type had price him his spot.

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Southgate has an abundance of choices at right-back and named Manchester Metropolis’s Kyle Walker, Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier and Chelsea’s Reece James for the upcoming video games.

Rangers supervisor Gerrard, who spent 17 seasons at Liverpool as a participant, stated the defender wanted assist to get him again on monitor.

“I feel Trent is the perfect English right-back within the nation,” former England midfielder Gerrard informed British media.

“One factor I’ve learnt from being a participant is you possibly can’t at all times be 10 out of 10. While you do come off, you want that assist, love and a spotlight out of your supervisor greater than anybody else.

“So I used to be stunned by the choice however that is my opinion and my opinion shouldn’t be necessary on this. Gareth Southgate makes the choices there. I do not essentially agree with that call, however I am not the England supervisor.”

Trent Alexander-Arnold, 22, has endured a tricky season at reigning Premier League champions Liverpool. Getty

On the opposite facet of England’s defence, Ben Chilwell has stated he hopes his swap to a wing-back position at Chelsea might enhance his possibilities of being included the beginning line-up for this month’s qualifiers.

Chilwell has thrived beneath new Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel, who has deployed a 3-5-2 formation with Chilwell taking part in as a left wing-back as a substitute of his ordinary place on the left facet of a again 4.

“If you happen to have a look at the formation England are taking part in, the formation we’re taking part in right here for the time being [at Chelsea] provides us the absolute best probability to get used to taking part in within the positions that England need us to play in,” Chilwell, who was named as a part of Southgate’s 26-man squad, informed British media.

“Hopefully that provides us a superb probability going into the summer time — that we can be utilized.”

England host San Marino on Thursday earlier than taking part in away in opposition to Albania on Sunday and at residence in opposition to Poland on March 31 within the qualifiers.

The previous Leicester Metropolis defender stated he was additionally wanting ahead to competing in opposition to Manchester United’s Luke Shaw for a spot within the team for the Euros in June.

“Going into the Euros, if me and Luke are battling it out and attempting to show who’s having the perfect membership type going into the match, that is solely a constructive,” he stated.

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