Alexander-Arnold backed to take Winks’ England role

Date published: Saturday 16th November 2019 11:56

Martin Keown believes Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has what it takes to replace Tottenham’s Harry Winks in the England midfield.

Both players starred in the Three Lions’ 7-0 win over Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday night, which booked the side’s place at the Euro 2020 finals.

Alexander-Arnold – who claimed an assist on the night – has been backed by many to move into a midfield role for Liverpool and speaking to talkSPORT, Keown said that the 21-year-old could do the same on the international stage – at the expense of Winks.

“Traditionally you give the ball to a midfield player and he is a better player than you and a midfield player gives it to a front player who is also perhaps better than that player. When Winks gets the ball, is he better than Alexander-Arnold?” the pundit questioned.

“I take nothing away from Winks because he had another decent night but I think Alexander-Arnold could go in there and pull the strings for England.

“We have a catalogue of other full-backs that can be used in that right-back position. Kyle Walker wasn’t even in the squad, Kieran Trippier didn’t play, we have Reece James coming through at Chelsea.

“He is more than capable, Alexander-Arnold, of playing in the England midfield.”

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