England: Alexander-Arnold dropped by Southgate as Ornstein reveals his replacement for Slovenia

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Gareth Southgate embraces Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein has revealed that Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold will not start for England against Slovenia on Tuesday night.

Southgate made the controversial decision to start Alexander-Arnold as a centre-midfielder alongside Arsenal’s Declan Rice in England’s first two group games at Euro 2024.

Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold was used in a hybrid role by Jurgen Klopp during his farewell season, but he resembled a deer in the headlights last week as England produced a dire performance in the 1-1 draw against Denmark. 

The 25-year-old was dragged off after 53 minutes against Denmark as he was replaced by Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher, who also struggled.

It has been anticipated that Alexander-Arnold’s disappointing showing against Denmark would be the end of Southgate’s experiment and Ornstein is reporting that he will be replaced in the starting XI by Gallagher for England‘s Group C finale against Slovenia.

Ornstein wrote: ‘England manager Gareth Southgate is set to make a change to his midfield for Tuesday’s final group game at Euro 2024 by bringing in Conor Gallagher for Trent Alexander-Arnold.’

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‘Gallagher replaced Alexander-Arnold in both group ties and the Chelsea academy graduate, 24, is now expected to be granted a starting berth.

‘Southgate has made alterations to his starting line-up in the third fixture of his three previous major tournaments and then also tweaked it for the first knockout round each time, suggesting his Slovenia selection is not necessarily a sign of things to come if England advance further.’

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Rice has leapt to the defence of Alexander-Arnold, insisting the Liverpool star “can play in midfield”.

“It’s funny because people were calling for Trent to play in midfield. Half the country are calling for Trent to play in midfield, and then you play him in midfield, and then you want to bring him down,” Rice said.

“I don’t get it, I don’t get it at all. I’ll defend all of my boys until the day I never pull on an England shirt. Trent is one of the best players I’ve ever seen. Don’t call for someone to play in a position and then backtrack all because you think he’s had a bad game or something.

“I’ll tell you now: Trent can play in midfield. I’ve seen it at England, I’ve seen it for Liverpool, he’s unbelievable. That’s what I say to the people who say that type of stuff.”

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