Football News Update: Trent Alexander-Arnold Set to Start in Midfield for England in Euro 2024 Opener

In a highly anticipated move, Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to start in midfield for England when they take on Serbia in their Euro 2024 opener on Sunday night. Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate has opted for the 25-year-old over Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher, marking a potentially controversial decision given Alexander-Arnold’s limited experience in a central role.

Alexander-Arnold, who has not always been a first-choice for the national team due to the depth of quality at full-back, will now be tasked with orchestrating England’s play from the middle of the park. The talented defender has, on occasion, played an inverted role for Liverpool, showcasing his exceptional ball skills.

“Trent Alexander-Arnold could flourish in the central midfield position with Declan Rice alongside him and Jude Bellingham just ahead.” – England legend Stuart Pearce

However, not everyone is convinced that the experiment will be a success. Manchester United icon Roy Keane has expressed concerns, suggesting that Alexander-Arnold could “be ripped to shreds” against the top teams in the tournament if the tactics remain the same beyond the group stage.

Southgate’s lineup for the Serbia clash is expected to feature:

  1. Bukayo Saka
  2. John Stones
  3. Marc Guehi
  4. Kyle Walker
  5. Kieran Trippier
  6. Phil Foden
  7. Harry Kane (England captain)

talkSPORT will provide live commentary of every game at Euro 2024, ensuring football fans can follow all the action and developments from the tournament.

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