Trent Alexander Arnold Told to Consider Retiring From England if Gareth Southgate Remains as Manager

Trent Alexander Arnold Told to Consider Retiring From England if Gareth Southgate Remains as Manager

  • Former England striker Gabby Agbonlahor has asked Trent Alexander-Arnold to retire from international football until Gareth Southgate is replaced
  • The ex-Aston Villa striker said that Southgate saying Kieran Trippier is better than the Liverpool star is an insult
  • Trent was called up by England this month but failed to make a single appearance

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has been told to retire from international duty, and to only return if Gareth Southgate is no longer manager.

Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor said the right-back should concentrate on club football if he is not picked for the World Cup.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gareth Southgate, England, Liverpool, 2022 World Cup, Italy, Germany, Premier League.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has featured heavily for Liverpool but faces tough competition for the England right-back spot. Photos by Chris Ricc and Visionhaus.
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Responding to post-match comments about Trent by Southgate, Agbonlahor advised the Liverpool star to leave international duty until the England manager is removed as manager, according to talkSPORT.

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Reece James and Kyle Walker are ahead of the pecking order, while Kieran Trippier, according to Southgate, is a more well-rounded player.

"The other night, we didn’t need the left-back cover. Against Germany, we did because of the way we went with the team so we needed Chilly [Ben Chilwell] on the bench and we had Kieran who, at the moment, I feel his all-round game is ahead of Alexander-Arnold."

Agbonlahor unhappy about Southgate's comments

The manager's comments disappointed the former England striker, who urged the 23-year-old to focus on Liverpool.

“If I was Trent, I would retire from international duty if I don’t get in the World Cup squad. I would retire until a new manager took charge of England. 100 percent."

The footballer turned pundit does not believe that Trippier is better than Alexander-Arnold.

"I do like Trippier but Trent is an all-round better player. Walker and James are better than Trent, but don’t say Trippier."

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Trent was called up by England this month but didn't play any minute in their two matches against Italy and Germany.

Leboeuf calls Trent 'championship level' defender

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on French World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf calling Alexander-Arnold a 'championship' defender, saying although he's got elite ability in the final third, he cannot defend.

Leboeuf offered to train with the right-back to help him improve his defensive awareness, which has been brutally exposed in recent weeks.

Source: Sports Brief News