Southgate explains why he played Alexander-Arnold in England midfield
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Southgate explains why he played Alexander-Arnold in England midfield

England boss Gareth Southgate has revealed why he used Trent Alexander Arnold in midfield during their win over Andora on Sunday.

The Liverpool right-back played in central midfielder in the 4-0 win and according to Southgate, they wanted to test the player in a new position.

"We know that he is an outstanding footballer - we've wanted to have a look at him in a midfield position for a while. He is fabulous with the ball. Today is an opportunity. He's got to play the role his own way.

"We want him to play the role his own way, we're happy for him to drift out wide and deliver those killer balls. This season at club level with Harvey Elliott he's been interchanging quite a lot in the middle," Southgate is quoted by ITV.

It is not clear whether Southgate will use the player in the same position when they come against Poland in their next fixture but the move has been hailed by a section of the UK pundits who feels that the presence of Arnold gives England another option in midfield should they want to try something new.

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