Liverpool legend Carrager convinced Southgate doesn't rate Alexander-Arnold

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carrager believes England coach Gareth Southgate doesn't rate Trent Alexander-Arnold.

He wrote for the Sunday World: "Trent Alexander-Arnold's omission from the England squad is no surprise to me.

"I have had my suspicions for a while that the Liverpool defender is in a fight to make it to the European Championship, but the decision from Gareth Southgate is controversial but understandable.

"I do not agree with it because, in a head-to-head with Kieran Trippier, for me it is a no-brainer – Alexander-Arnold should be picked.

"Clearly the England manager has more confidence in his three alternatives. Southgate obviously likes Trippier because he has credit from his performances at the last World Cup, and can also play left wing-back. Kyle Walker's pace and ability to play centre-back make him a valuable asset.

"And then there is the player who made such a big immediate impression on Southgate, Chelsea's Reece James.

"James's first England performances were outstanding – better than Alexander-Arnold's in the wing-back role. From that moment, Trent had a direct rival for his position and a serious problem. He has it all to do to change Southgate's mind.

"Southgate has never seemed convinced Alexander-Arnold suits England's system, or to be more specific, how often he likes to switch between a back four and three centre-backs."