Trent Alexander-Arnold’s shock omission from the England squad should serve as a “wake-up call” to the Liverpool defender, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Villa and England striker backed Gareth Southgate’s decision to drop the 22-year-old because he’s in “bad form”.
Southgate named Reece James, Kyle Walker and Keiran Trippier in his squad meaning there was no room for Alexander-Arnold.
He has been widely criticised for his role in Liverpool’s woeful title defence this season but is still regarded as one of world football’s brightest young talents and was named in the top 30 of the last Ballon D’Or list.
“I think it was the right call,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“It’s a massive wake-up call to everybody who wants to be in the England squad for the Euros.
“You have to be in good form, you can’t take for granted what you’ve done in the past. What you’ve done in the past doesn’t confirm you’re in the England squad.
“If you’re in bad form, it’s fair you don’t make it.
“If a striker hasn’t scored in 12 games you expect them to be dropped.
“Reece James for me is number one, he’s like Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Trent put together. Kyle Walker has to be in because he’s versatile and can play as a centre-half in a back three. Trippier has been consistent and played in the World Cup.
“It’s very hard to pick Trent at the moment with the way he’s been playing. But I’m sure if he can get some great form for those last 10, 12 games he can make the Euros.”
Alexander-Arnold has 12 England caps under his belt and was part of the squad that reached the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-finals.