Gareth Southgate’s latest cowardly decision for Trent Alexander-Arnold won’t surprise most Liverpool fans

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Much as many a Liverpool fan expected – Trent Alexander-Arnold will inevitably pay the price for England’s poor form in the European Championship.

The Reds fullback is now reportedly set to return to the bench for the Three Lions’ final group game against Slovenia.

The ever-reliable David Ornstein of The Athletic has confirmed on X (formerly Twitter) that Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher is set to take the fullback-turned-midfielder’s place.

This follows England’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Kasper Hjulmand’s Denmark in which Morten Hjulmand cancelled out Harry Kane’s opener.

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A draw against Slovenia would be enough to see Gareth Southgate’s outfit through to the knockout stages.

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It doesn’t even make sense – Trent was England’s most creative player

From Jurgen Klopp to… this – (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

For a player who is seemingly “lost” and doesn’t seem to know how to function in midfield, according to various pundits and commentators, Trent’s doing a good impression of an effective midfielder.

Just look at the numbers collected by TNT Sports on X.

It was telling that the decision to extract the No.8 from the pitch before the hour-mark, and the introduction of Gallagher, did little to change the course of proceedings.

If anything – England looked duller.

Perhaps there’s an argument to be made about the balance of the set-up, perhaps Trent’s better-suited to a right-back role. Suggestions he’s holding back this England side from reaching its full potential, however, are well wide of the mark.

If you’re going to point the finger anywhere, point it at the manager who can’t get a tune out of the embarrassment of riches at his disposal.

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5 Comments

  1. I wish Trent would tell Southgate what do to with England and not put himself through all the hateful remarks
    I think Southgate should look at Kane who is lazy don’t run for anything can only score if ball is passed to him
    England is a joke under Southgate who always go for the Manchester players not who is playing well for their teams

  2. There seems a click within the England team. Trent does not stand a chance. The manager plays the same old players. Play Trent and Palmer and I’m sure you will see an improvement. They do not deserve Trent.?

  3. Southgate knows that if England doesn’t win this Tournament he might loose his job instead of looking for solutions he start to blame players and unfortunately Trent is the escape He must go and Manage Man United with his outdated style of play

  4. Trent come home and leave England to it your a better player than them you don’t need the stress go and enjoy your break best wishes xxx❤️❤️❤️

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