Trent Alexander-Arnold is still expected to be left out of England’s squad for the Euros this summer, despite a turnaround in form at Liverpool.
That’s according to The Athletic, who claim the full-back hasn’t convinced Gareth Southgate of his defensive capabilities since being snubbed earlier this year.
First and foremost, we at Empire of the Kop fail to understand the thinking behind the England boss’ apparent decision, as Trent is clearly one of the most talented players at his disposal.
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Secondly, we feel sorry for staunch fans of the Three Lions, who are hoping Southgate will guide them to glory this summer.
If the manager isn’t capable of finding a way to utilise Trent, just as Jurgen Klopp has done over the last few season – in which several major honours have been won, he isn’t going to stack up to much.
That being said, we are assuming the typically reliable David Ornstein, of The Athletic, has got this update spot on.
Why should Southgate rejig the defense and midfield to accommodate TAA. He has his team set up a different way
TAA is a weak defender, ball watcher etc. He’s a brilliant midfielder.
Southgate has a good selection of strong right backs and TAAs strengths aren’t sufficient enough to compromise this position
Great news. Gives the lad a proper break before start of next season. Southgate/England will do us a favour if he isn’t selected.