The international break has already seen England play twice against San Marino and Albania over the last few days with two wins from both games so far, which has put the Three Lions top of the table for their World Cup Qualifying group.
The squad was announced a few weeks ago now with Gareth Southgate choosing his players for this week’s fixtures but came under fire after leaving out one of the countries most talented players in Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who according to Southgate hasn’t quite been performing to the standard he expects.
I have already offered my thoughts on this decision and I think it’s safe to say that my thoughts likely mirror that of the rest of the country, with Trent still the countries best right-back even when out of form – something that former Arsenal striker and BBC pundit Ian Wright agrees on, as cited by AnfieldWatch on Twitter…
Ian Wright on Trent and England:
“I'm a bit confused by Gareth and the harshness of this. He said it's 'because of form' but we've seen players in England squads who haven't been picked on form.” #awlfc [itv]
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) March 28, 2021
After England’s 2-0 win over Albania last night, Wright was quick to call out Southgate’s decision over Trent, stating that he was confused by the harshness of it saying it was because of his form, despite the fact that we have seen plenty of players int he England squad before that haven’t been picked on form.
One clear example of that is Keiran Trippier’s inclusion in the squad despite only having played five games since Christmas for Atletico Madrid – which to me highlights a clear drop in form and lack of game time, yet he was still selected.
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I’m not quite sure why Southgate has dropped Trent from the squad but I have a feeling he isn’t a fan of the youngster for some strange reason, but I think that says more about Southgate’s backward tactics than it does about Trent’s form as he clearly doesn’t know how to get the best out of one of the countries finest young talents which is a worrying prospect for the countries future on the international stage.
What do you think Liverpool fans, do you agree with Ian Wright? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below…