Thursday, September 16, 2021

Rio Ferdinand has told Gareth Southgate why Reece James is ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold



The Reece James vs Trent Alexander-Arnold debate could be put to bed once and for all tomorrow.

That’s because England boss Gareth Southgate is going to announce his 26-man squad for Euro 2020, which gets underway next week, cutting seven players from his extended training squad.

One of his biggest decisions is at right-back with James, Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker all in the 33-man squad and vying for places, with reports claiming the decision has already been made.

A report from ESPN claims Southgate has decided to axe Alexander-Arnold from his squad, and to go with James and Trippier at the right-back position, a decision that will likely not go down well in Liverpool.

“Well, tonight he performed on the biggest stage and was the standout, he was immense. He backs himself in one-v-one situations.

“If you’re going to play at the top level you have to do that. Today he became a man. Today he answered all those questions.”

Southgate is set to announce the final England squad at 3pm on Tuesday, when we will find out whether James has indeed made the cut.

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