England: Gary Lineker blasts call to leave Trent Alexander-Arnold off

Gary Lineker criticises Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave Trent Alexander-Arnold unused on the bench while England were ‘struggling to pass the ball to each other and create anything’ against Germany

  • Gary Lineker has questioned the decision to leave out Trent Alexander-Arnold
  • The Liverpool right back was an unused sub as England drew 1-1 with Germany 
  • Gareth Southgate’s side looked disjointed in attack and their passing was poor 
  • Lineker criticised the decision to overlook ‘the best passer’ Alexander-Arnold

Gary Lineker has questioned Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold on the bench as England laboured to a 1-1 draw against Germany. 

The Three Lions salvaged a late point after Harry Kane’s 88th-minute penalty but looked disjointed in both defence and attack.

Amid defensive competition from Kyle Walker, Reece James and Kieran Trippier, Reds defender Alexander-Arnold has not generally been first choice for his country despite being a key part of one of the world’s best club sides.

He started as right wing-back – an unfamiliar position – in England’s 1-0 defeat against Hungary, but failed to make an impact and was replaced by Chelsea star James after 62 minutes.

Southgate then reverted to a back four against Die Mannschaft, with Trippier at left-back and Walker at right-back, both of whom played the full match.

And Match of the Day host Lineker criticised the decision to leave the gifted Alexander-Arnold an unused substitute as England laboured without him and struggled to make passes. 

Gary Lineker has questioned Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold on the bench as England laboured to a 1-1 draw against Germany on Tuesday evening

Alexander-Arnold started the 1-0 loss against Hungary on Saturday but came off after an hour

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker criticised the call not to use him against Die Mannschaft

He tweeted: ‘England trail and continue to struggle to pass the ball to each other and create anything, while the best passer in English football remains on the bench. That would be @TrentAA if you weren’t sure.’

And other fans also took to social media to express their frustration with his absence.

One posted: ‘How will I explain to future generations that the best right back of our generation, the best crosser of the ball the world has ever seen, the generational talent Trent Alexander-Arnold can’t start for his country?’

Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate (centre) has often used other players at right back

And fans quickly took to social media to call for the Liverpool star’s inclusion in future games

Another added: ‘England fans don’t want Trent starting because he’s not good defensively right? Then keep your superb defenders right backs playing and no one will create a single chance.’ 

A third said: ‘If Southgate is serious about winning the World Cup, he has to build the team around Trent and get the best out of him. He’s literally the nation’s generational player.’ 

Lineker also praised substitute Jack Grealish for his impact off the bench – with supporters also blasting Southgate’s conservative picks and urging the manager to pick Grealish ahead of Mason Mount in midfield.




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