Jamie Carragher says common sense has prevaield with Liverpool 22-year-old
Jamie Carragher is relieved that Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has been included in Gareth Southgate’s final England squad for Euro 2020.
The Three Lions cut his squad from 33 players to 26 players on Tuesday.
Despite being axed from an England camp earlier in the year, Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold is now back with the group.
The 22-year-old Reds star is competing in an area of the pitch that is wildly competitive. But the right-back was in phenomenal form for his club in the final couple of months this season.
He’s arguably the best crosser of a ball in the entire England squad, and Carragher says it’s a no-brainer that he’s been included for the Euros.
“The expertise from corners and free-kicks was rightly lauded at the time [at the 2018 World Cup] because there are so few opportunities in tournament football, you have to maximise them. That was another reason to include Trent Alexander-Arnold,” Carragher wrote for the Telegraph.
“Common sense prevailed with Alexander-Arnold, and Kyle Walker is in as a right centre-back more than a full-back.”
Will Liverpool favourite Alexander-Arnold start for England?
Liverpool fans collectively breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when Alexander-Arnold was included in the England squad.
However, it remains to be seen if he can force his way into the starting XI.
It wasn’t too long ago that people were mentioning him in the conversation for best right-back in the world. It does go to show the strength in depth England have in the position.
Alexander-Arnold is a phenomenal all-round full-back, but his England rivals are also top drawer.
Kieran Trippier helped Atletico Madrid win La Liga this season, and that achievement has gone under the radar.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Reece James and Manchester City’s Kyle Walker both just played in the Champions League final.
Offensively, Alexander-Arnold is one of the best providers in the world. As well as that, his defensive work isn’t as bad as most make out.
One problem though may be hs lack of experience in a wing-back position if England use that formation.
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