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Alexander-Arnold is still rated as one of the Premier League's top talents - but his poor form has coincided with the Reds dropping down to sixth in the table.
Per James Pearce, Southgate explained: "I don't think he's played at the level he's been at during the last few years.
"He's a big talent and I'm sure he will play a big role for England in the future."
While the 22-year-old hasn't hit the heights of recent seasons, he did put in a brilliant performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday evening.
Defenders chosen in his natural right-back position instead are Reece James, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier.
Fans have reacted to the decision and they are in disbelief at Alexander-Arnold's omission.
The England manager described Trent as a 'talent' when he is the best full back in the world
- The Anfield Talk (@TheAnfieldTalk) March 18, 2021
The decision to omit #LFC defender Trent Alexander-Arnold from the England squad is not a surprise when you consider Gareth Southgate and his staff have never really known what to do with him :red_circle:
- Ian Doyle (@IanDoyleSport) March 18, 2021
Dier in, TAA out shows you everything you need to know about Southgate.
Absolutely clueless. https://t.co/dnDpXje2CT
- Howard Walker (@1HowardWalker) March 18, 2021
The omission of Trent Alexander-Arnold is the shock story. I'm staggered. Liverpool have had a difficult season but TAA been very good in recent weeks imo. Been such an important player, I'm surprised he's been axed now. Seems very harsh. https://t.co/qzg7NuIT8u
- John Cross (@johncrossmirror) March 18, 2021
Can't believe he's dropped Alexander Arnold. What a horrible decision
- Ben Robertson (@BR10___) March 18, 2021
Elsewhere in the squad are first time call-ups for West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and Aston Villa forward Ollie Watkins.
Jesse Lingard also returns after a good few months on loan at West Ham United, as does Manchester United's Luke Shaw.
Notable absentees through injury are first-choice goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, Jordan Henderson and Jack Grealish.
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