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Trent Alexander-Arnold told there is 'no chance' he is going to the World Cup with England

Rory O'Callaghan

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Trent Alexander-Arnold told there is 'no chance' he is going to the World Cup with England

England manager Gareth Southgate won't take Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold to the World Cup in Qatar, according to former Arsenal winger Perry Groves.

Alexander-Arnold has endured a torrid season so far with Liverpool, who find themselves 10th in the Premier League after Sunday's 3-2 defeat to Arsenal.

The Gunners looked to target the right side of Liverpool's defence at the Emirates and were able to score in the opening minute of the match, Gabriel Martinelli managing to get in behind Alexander-Arnold to put the home side in front.  

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Liverpool equalised through Darwin Nunez but conceded again on the stroke of half-time, with Alexander-Arnold again at fault for the goal.

With Liverpool stretched during an Arsenal counter-attack, the England international opted to close down Martinelli rather than sticking with his man in the middle of the box.

His decision to meet the Brazilian failed to pay off, with Martinelli able to set up Saka at the back post for Arsenal's second.

Alexander-Arnold was substituted at half-time with a worrying ankle injury after being trodden on by Martinelli earlier in the half.

Liverpool were able to equalise after the break through Roberto Firmino but Arsenal went on to claim all three points courtesy of a controversial penalty from Saka.

Alexander-Arnold struggled against Arsenal on Sunday (Image: Alamy)
Alexander-Arnold struggled against Arsenal on Sunday (Image: Alamy)

After the match, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp delivered a gloomy update on Alexander-Arnold – describing his injury as "not good" while confirming the right-back would need a scan to determine its severity.

Even if he returns to full fitness in time for the World Cup, which begins on November 20, Alexander-Arnold is unlikely to be included in England's squad for the tournament, according to Groves.

"I don't think there's any chance that Trent Alexander-Arnold goes to the World Cup," Groves said on talkSPORT.

After it was pointed out that one of Alexander-Arnold's main rivals for a right-back spot – Manchester City defender Kyle Walker – is also a doubt for the tournament after undergoing groin surgery, Groves added: "Even then you've got Kieran Trippier, who plays right-back.

"Reece James, I think, is nailed on to be there. I don't think you need to take three right backs.

"Wouldn't you rather take another attacker? Give yourself more options in the attacking positions.

"With the plethora [of attacking options] that Gareth Southgate has at his disposal, I would rather he took a 10.

"Say somebody said there was a choice between taking three right backs or James Maddison, I'd take James Maddison – in a heartbeat."

England take on Iran in their opening match of the World Cup on November 21.

The Three Lions then face the United States on November 25 before a crunch match with rivals Wales on November 29.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Trent Alexander-Arnold, England, Gareth Southgate, Liverpool, Premier League, Football World Cup, Football

Rory O'Callaghan
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