Southgate Backs Alexander-Arnold Amid Midfield Criticism

In a recent Euro 2024 qualifier, England manager Gareth Southgate has come out in defense of Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, who faced criticism for his performance in a central midfield role against Serbia.

Despite England’s 1-0 victory over Serbia, Alexander-Arnold’s display in the unfamiliar midfield position drew some scrutiny from pundits. However, Southgate has stood by the young player, backing his decision to field the 24-year-old in a more advanced role.

“Trent did well in that position,” Southgate stated. “He’s a very talented player who has the ability to adapt and contribute to the team in different ways. We’re pleased with his performance, and he will continue to be an important part of our plans moving forward.”

The England manager’s comments come as the national team prepares for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers, where they will look to build on their strong start to the campaign. Alexander-Arnold’s versatility and ability to impact the game from multiple positions will be crucial as Southgate seeks to optimize his lineup for the challenges ahead.

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