Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is to be recalled to the England starting lineup for tomorrow night’s clash with Kosovo.
According to the Times, Gareth Southgate is going to restore the youngster to the side having missed out to Kieran Trippier for the 4-0 stroll against Bulgaria on Saturday.
Alexander-Arnold has started the season in fine form and might have expected to start at Wembley, but the report says that Southgate wanted a right back to sacrifice himself as an attacking threat to allow Raheem Sterling the space to cause havoc.
But against Kosovo, the Three Lions boss apparently wants Alexander-Arnold to get forward and whip in his now trademark crosses as England go in search of their fourth win in four qualifying matches.
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There is plenty of competition at right back for England right now, and it would be tough to ascertain who is Gareth Southgate’s first choice.
He opted for a horses for courses approach on Saturday, with Trippier asked to perform a specific tactical role and of course Kyle Walker is set to come back into the fold.
But Alexander-Arnold plays most weeks for Liverpool, is the right age and has the attacking instincts Southgate needs in his side.
He is well-placed to start, but there is so much competition that he cannot afford to take his foot off the pedal in the lead up to the summer.