By Paul Robinson

13th Nov, 2022 | 5:02am

Liverpool news: Pundit issues Trent Alexander-Arnold axe claim after announcement

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold would have missed out on the World Cup if Reece James had recovered from injury in time.

That is the view of former Spurs and England number one Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the reasons behind Alexander-Arnold’s inclusion.

On Thursday (10 November), Gareth Southgate announced his 26-man England squad for the 2022 World Cup which kicks off later this month.

Alexander-Arnold was named alongside fellow right-backs Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker and Ben White in the squad.

White has been playing as a makeshift right-back for league leaders Arsenal this season, but is primarily a centre-half.

James, who started England’s most recent Nations League games at right-back, has missed out on the squad because of a knee injury.

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Robinson believes James’ injury created a space on the plane to Qatar for Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.

“If Trippier is fit, he starts the tournament,” he told Football Insider.

“He is the best full-back that we have got.

“I think Reece James would have gone ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold if he had been fit. Kyle Walker had to go for me.

“Trent would not have been the first name on the list. He is fourth choice when everyone is fit.

“The fact that Ben White can play right-back as well suggests it was touch and go for Trent. Trent has just not had a particularly good season.”

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