Gareth Southgate, England’s head coach, has clarified why he has not called up Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold for future national team matches.

“There are some places where we have fierce competition for a place in the team. Trent has had a string of bad luck. I don’t believe he’s played at the level he’s displayed in recent years, but I believe he’s similar. “He’s been making strides in the right direction in recent weeks,” Southgate told Sky Sports.

“We simply agree Rhys James and Kieran Trippier have had outstanding seasons with their respective clubs, and Walker is in excellent form with Manchester City. We have other players in the league who excel in that role, including Cash at Villa and Ayling at Leeds. By default, Trent is a superstar. I’m certain he’ll play an important role for England in the future.”

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