Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave Trent Alexander-Arnold out of his new England squad shocked Steven Gerrard. The Liverpool defender was passed over for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania, and Poland, with right-backs Reece James, Kyle Walker, and Kieran Trippier all being selected.
Southgate explained his decision, saying, “I don’t think he’s played at the level he’s been at in the last few years.”
Fans were outraged by Alexander-exclusion Arnold’s on social media, and former Liverpool and England captain Gerrard said he disagreed with Southgate’s decision.
He offered to give Alexander-Arnold, 22, advice and described him as world-class and the best right-back the country has.
“One thing is certain: I’ll always be there for Trent,” Gerrard said to The Athletic. “
“It goes without saying, at any time of day. I wouldn’t be the one to make the first move. He’s a guy of his right. He’s aware of his surroundings. There, Gareth Southgate made the calls. That choice does not necessarily sit well with me. But I’m not the boss of England. Trent is, in my opinion, the best English right-back in the world. As a player, I’ve found that you can’t always be 10 out of 10. When you do come off, you need your manager’s love, care, and focus.
One thing I’ve noticed as a player is that you can’t always be ten out of ten.” When you finally come off, you need your manager’s encouragement, help, and attention more than anything else. So, I was shocked by the verdict, but that’s just my perspective, and it doesn’t matter in this case.
Trent is a world-class right-back, and he is the best in the region. We still have some great right-backs. But, in terms of the loaded issue, I’m available to Trent and all of the other Liverpool players at any time of day.”
Alexander-levels Arnold’s have dropped this season, coinciding with the defending champions’ drop to seventh in the league after a poor run of form.
Jurgen Klopp is said to have been shocked by Alexander-dismissal Arnold’s after having given him time off in expectation of a call-up.
According to the Athletic, Southgate called the Liverpool youth product and told him he is very much in line for a recall for the European Championships.