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Gareth Southgate admits frustration over Trent Alexander-Arnold’s present damage


England supervisor Gareth Southgate has admitted his frustration at not with the ability to proceed testing Trent Alexander-Arnold in a midfield position throughout the March worldwide break.

The Liverpool star has been unavailable for choice for the Three Lions’ friendlies towards each Brazil and Belgium this week because of a knee damage, with Alexander-Arnold being set to return to motion after the worldwide break after over a month out of motion.

Regardless of being a right-back at membership degree, Southgate efficiently performed Alexander-Arnold in midfield throughout the November 2023 worldwide break and had been eager to experiment additional with this place change forward of the Euro 2024.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Alexander-Arnold is presently injured / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Chatting with the press forward of the pleasant assembly with Belgium at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night, Southgate admitted that he was pissed off by the “missed alternatives” to offer Alexander-Arnold extra minutes in midfield.

“The midfield factor we have seen, however we’ve missed two alternatives with September and now this one that’s actually irritating as a result of there’s a lot that’s unknown about it on the minute,” Southgate mentioned.

“As , I’ve favored the concept for a very long time however we’re going to be trialling it once we have not seen it in a extremely excessive degree sport. So we’ll simply need to see the place we will go along with it.

“It is such a specialist place. There’s an enormous distinction between enjoying at full-back and popping into midfield and enjoying in there, beginning in there, out and in of place within the sport, eceiving together with your again to aim – there’s loads to that. We’re simply going to need to see.”

Southgate can have only one extra window to play Alexander-Arnold alongside Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham within the England midfield earlier than heading off to Germany for Euro 2024 – friendlies towards Bosnia & Herzegovina and Iceland in early June.