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Midfield move could benefit England


The big news from England’s team selection to face Andorra on Sunday, other than Gareth Southgate’s decision to make 11 changes – something no England manager has done since 1982 – was the inclusion of Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The 22-year-old’s presence in the squad and the subsequent starting lineup was far from a shock, given his incredible ceiling and devastating capabilities. What was surprising was the position in which Gareth Southgate decided to deploy the Liverpool star.

Alexander-Arnold has made his name as a right-back since bursting onto the scene at Anfield, and his effortless ability to spray the ball around the pitch and create chance after chance have seen him labelled as one of the best full-backs in world football.

It’s not all he’s been labelled, though. The Liverpool star’s defensive awareness and reading of the game have been called into question, particularly during the period when he was left exposed by the absence of the £75m comfort blanket that is Virgil van Dijk.

That dangerous attacking play combined with the occasional lapse at the back have seen many call for him to be tested in the centre of midfield – something that has yet to come to fruition. Jurgen Klopp sees no reason to enforce that change on the player, and understandably so.

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