Danny Mills has tipped Trent Alexander-Arnold to use his omission from the latest England squad as motivation at Liverpool for the end of the season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England full-back insisted Alexander-Arnold can have little complaint about missing out given Gareth Southgate’s “wealth” of options at right-back.
Southgate called up Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Reece James for this month’s international break while he cited Luke Ayling as unlucky to miss out.
Alexander-Arnold, 22, has 12 England caps under his belt and was a member of the 2018 World Cup squad.
Asked for his assessment of the Liverpool-born ace’s omission, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “That’s an interesting one.
“Going forward he’s outstanding and he’s been one of Liverpool’s best players. Forget this season but the last two or three seasons he’s been exceptional – his assists, his delivery.
“The question has always been – does he get caught out positionally from time to time? And the answer is yes. So if you’re not at the level you were at going forward and then you’re getting caught out defensively does it become a little bit of a risk?
“England are fortunate because there’s a wealth of talent at right-back at the moment. It’s exceptional. You look at Kieran Trippier he’s playing incredibly well for Atletico Madrid and they’re top of La Liga while Liverpool are eighth in the Premier League. Kyle Walker’s top of the Premier League and doing incredibly well. Reece James is the up and comer.
“Is Trent in better form than those three? The answer’s no and you don’t need four right-backs.
“Definitely, he’ll use it as a motivation. And if he’s not in the Euros squad it will be his own fault. You get in the England squad because you deserve to be in it. Every single cap you have to earn.
“There will be cases where Gareth will look back at it and think ‘he’s been a really good player for England, he’s been reliable’ and that might give you the edge of somebody else.”