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'Outstanding': Stuart Pearce says Newcastle player just put in the best performance of his career last weekend

'Outstanding': Stuart Pearce says Newcastle player just put in the best performance of his career last weekend

England legend Stuart Pearce has been naming his starting XI for England v Iran and there’s no place for Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, who misses out to Kieran Trippier.

Alexander-Arnold was eventually selected by Gareth Southgate. His place in the England squad was in doubt thanks to a rocky season so far with Liverpool. However, an injury to Reece James and Kyle Walker’s lack of game time essentially opened the door for Trent.

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Of course, nobody quite knows if Southgate will go with a back three of back four against Iran. If he goes with a three, then Alexander-Arnold might well feature as a wing-back.

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But according to Stuart Pearce, England will likely go with a four, which means no place for Liverpool’s right-back and instead, Kieran Trippier starting.

“Come Monday I think a back four might be the best way forward. I’m thinking a back four of Trippier, Stones, Maguire and Shaw. I think at this moment in time that’s the strongest he’s got in terms of playing a four,” Pearce told TalkSPORT.

“I was at the Newcastle v Chelsea game, and I’ve got to say, Kieran Trippier was absolutely outstanding. It’s probably the best I’ve ever seen the kid play.”

Trippier had been tipped by some to play left-back. However, Shaw’s return to form at United and the fact he played so well in the Euros, means there’s no place for Trent once more.

TBR’s View: Trippier better than Alexander-Arnold right now for England

All three games for England offer a different challenge and with that in mind you have to think that Trent will get his chance.

The teams England have drawn are likely to sit deep and look to counter. That means Trent could be used for his passing and crossing ability, as a way for the Three Lions to break down such teams. The Liverpool man faces tough competition to start. However, he’s shown his class for Liverpool one enough occasions to know he can contribute for England in Qatar.

However, Trippier is a brilliant player who is proven for England and is in fine form for Newcastle. Yes, he can fill in at left-back. But playing him in his best position will give England their best chance of winning.

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