Gareth Southgate explains why he dropped Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold

Gareth Southgate explains why he dropped Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold

England manager Gareth Southgate has challenged Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold to fight for his place in the Three Lions following his omission in the latest squad. 

Southgate named his team on Thursday ahead of the World Cup qualifiers, but the young right-back's name was among the notable absentees. 

Reece James, Kyle Walker, and Kieran Trippier got the nod ahead of the 22-year-old, who has always been considered untouchable ever since breaking into the national team set-up. 

“There’s some areas of the pitch where we’ve got incredible competition for places and Trent’s very unfortunate,” the England manager said.

“I don’t think he’s played at the level that he found in the last couple of years, but I think he’s getting very close to that now. I think in the last few weeks he’s definitely taken steps in the right direction.

“It’s simply that we think Reece James, Kieran Trippier have had exceptional seasons really with their clubs.

“Kyle Walker is in great form with Manchester City, so we’ve got other players in the league who are also playing well in that position.

“(Matty) Cash at Aston Villa, (Luke) Ayling at Leeds, so it really is a position (of strength). We’ve got two very good right-backs in the under-21s. It’s a remarkable position of strength.

“What I said to Trent earlier today, I’ve made that same call to Kyle and to Kieran in the past and their response was a good one.

England play San Marino on Thursday, March 25, before an away clash against Albania on Sunday, March 28. 

They will round off their action on Wednesday, March 31 with a home tie against Poland