England have an abundance of riches on their roster when it comes to right-backs, with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James, Kieran Trippier, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Kyle Walker all fighting for one or two spots available in the lineup, depending on the formation.
Gareth Southgate is spoilt for choices but also bears the responsibility to cull that number down to 3 while selecting his squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament.
With Aaron Wan-Bissaka far from his thoughts, the question remains who will the England boss choose to leave out among the quartet of Alexander-Arnold, James, Trippier and Walker.
It seems the 50-year-old has already made that decision according to Telegraph journalist Matt Law.
While making an appearance in London is Blue podcast, Law, who is as credible as it gets for Chelsea related news, revealed that “Reece James is ahead of Trent in the pecking order” and “there’s a possibility that Trent might not even go to the Euros”.
Since it’s the #internationalbreak 🥱, we made sure to talk about all of the #CFC players who are in the #England camp this week. Then @Matt_Law_DT said this:
“Reece is now ahead of Alexander-Arnold.”
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It might be a shot in the dark from the Telegraph journalist but there is no denying that Trent has fallen out of favour with the England boss as the Liverpool star was left out of the squad for the recent World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland.
The former Middlesbrough manager seems more comfortable with old fashioned right-backs manning his defence rather than someone like Trent Alexander-Arnold who is far more adventurous in his demeanour.
The Liverpool right-back has been criticised heavily for losing possession this season but you cannot doubt his ability when it comes to creating high-quality chances, as seen in the comparison below –
🔴 Trent Alexander-Arnolds stats compared to Kyle Walker and Reece James since November 18, after the Liverpool right-back was not called up to the latest England squad pic.twitter.com/NALZMvvyQR— Football Daily (@footballdaily) March 18, 2021