Steven Gerrard has admitted he was surprised that Gareth Southgate left Trent Alexander-Arnold out of his latest England squad.
Alexander-Arnold was left out of Southgate's 26-man squad last week for this month's 2022 World Cup qualifying matches against San Marino, Albania and Poland.
The 22-year-old has featured regularly for Southgate's England squad in recent years but the manager admitted that poor form has cost him his spot.
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Manchester City's Kyle Walker, Atletico Madrid's Kieran Trippier and Chelsea's Reece James have each been selected ahead of Alexander-Arnold in the right-back position.
But Rangers manager and former Liverpool captain Gerrard believes that Alexander-Arnold, recently considered among the world's best right-backs, needs support to get him back on track.
"I think Trent is the best English right back in the country," said former England midfielder Gerrard.
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One thing I've learnt from being a player is you can't always be 10 out of 10. When you do come off, you need that support, love and attention from your manager more than anyone else.
"So I was surprised by the decision but that's my opinion and my opinion is not important in this. Gareth Southgate makes the decisions there. I don't necessarily agree with that decision, but I’m not the England manager."
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