Southgate starts Trent Alexander-Arnold in England midfield alongside Henderson

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Trent Alexander-Arnold has been handed a start in England’s impending clash with Andorra this evening, with the fullback placed in the centre of midfield.

The 22-year-old is joined by Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson in a much-changed starting-XI to that which triumphed over Hungary to the tune of four goals without reply.

This follows after repeated calls for Jurgen Klopp to experiment with the Englishman in midfield.

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Looking at Trent’s passing range in isolation, one can understand the arguments behind shifting the fullback further afield.

However, it does overlook the No.66’s contributions from a deeper position, with Jurgen Klopp’s setup allowing the right-back licence to roam freely up the pitch and linkup with both the midfield and forward line.

As such, it’ll be interesting to see whether a move to the middle of the park will harm Alexander-Arnold’s level of contribution or enhance it in the upcoming Group Stage World Cup qualifier.

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