Neville: Trent Alexander-Arnold will cost England at World Cup

Should Trent Alexander-Arnold go to Qatar?

The debate regarding Trent’s selection to the national team has been raging since England’s last major tournament thanks to the plethora of options available to Gareth Southgate at right back. However, with recent injuries to Reece James and Kyle Walker, the Liverpool man appears to have the best chance possible of featuring at Qatar 2022

Unfortunately for England fans, though, it comes at a time when Trent is in pretty woeful form.

The right-back has always been solid going forward, but his defensive frailties, especially this season, have been on full display.

Liverpool’s recent clash with Tottenham was a perfect example of this.

Trent produced several quality balls into the Spurs box, but he was also beaten on numerous occasions by Ryan Sessegnon and Ivan Perisic, being lucky not to give away a penalty for a foul on the former.

Now, after Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Tottenham, Garry Nevile has voiced his opinion that Trent would cost England at the World Cup if he plays:

“It’s a really tough one with Alexander-Arnold,” he said on Sky Sports. “His brilliance going forward is out of this world. But we’re talking about knockout football. Whether England win or lose in a World Cup is going to be down to moments. A mistake - concentration. In this moment in time, I can’t see how Gareth can go into a knockout game in a World Cup playing Trent Alexander-Arnold. “At times at Tottenham, he looked like he could cost Liverpool dearly. In a World Cup, I think he’s giving away a penalty. I don’t think Gareth will trust him in a knockout game. Which means, will he then take him? If he’s got four brilliant right-backs, will he go?”

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Josh Barker

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