Steven Gerrard disagreed with Gareth Southgate’s decision to replace Trent Alexander-Arnold, arguing that the Liverpool defender is already England’s finest right-back.
After his first run of bad form, Alexander-Arnold was dropped from Southgate’s England team.
With the European Championships on the horizon, the Three Lions coach made an unexpected decision.
Instead, Southgate chose Reece James, Kieran Trippier, and Kyle Walker as his right-back choices, before naming two uncapped full-backs who were also considered.
Southgate clarified that Alexander-Arnold has not “played at the pace that he found in the last couple of years,” citing the form of his squad’s three right-back choices.
The England manager then mentioned Luke Ayling and Matty Cash as two other candidates for a spot at right-back, a role where England has depth.
Nonetheless, Rangers manager Gerrard was “surprised” to see the Liverpool man left out and claims he wanted Southgate’s help.
“One thing is certain: I will always be there for Trent,” Gerrard said.
“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 is aware of his current location. There, Gareth Southgate made the calls. I don’t agree with the decision, so I’m not England’s manager. Trent is, in my opinion, the best English right-back in the world. One lesson I’ve learned as a player is that you can’t always be 10 out of 10.
When you finally come off, you need your manager’s help, affection, and attention more than anything else. So I was shocked by the verdict, but that is just my view, and it is unimportant in this case.”
England has three games left until the postponed Euro 2020, beginning with a friendly against San Marino on Thursday at Wembley.
Trent is a world-class right-back, according to Gerrard.
“By the way, we have other great right-backs. But I’m still open to Trent and the other Liverpool players at every time of day.”
Before the summer competition, England will also face Albania and Poland. And Alexander-Arnold, who has played 25 of Liverpool’s 29 games this season, will face a difficult fight to add to his 12 caps at this summer’s tournament.