Furious Gary Neville slams Gareth Southgate over 'illegal' Trent Alexander-Arnold England move

Gary Neville was furious at half-time
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Gary Neville has slammed England's use of Liverpool talisman Trent Alexander-Arnold. At half-time in the European Championship last-16 clash with Slovakia, the former Manchester United defender didn't hold back with his criticism.

Gareth Southgate's side were 1-0 down at the break and had left Alexander-Arnold on the bench, selecting Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker at full-back ahead of the Liverpool number 66. But without any creativity or attacking flair, it was looking like a major error.

"Southgate has got to rip up the script," Neville said live on ITV Sport at the break. "We tried to be really positive pre-match, thinking that this would be the game that this England team would turn, but he's got to twist.

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"I don't think it's a case of one substitute. I think he has got to get three on. I think we have to see Cole Palmer, we have to see Trent, and we have to see Anthony Gordon. He has got to shift the whole narrative.

"Trent Alexander-Arnold, it is illegal that lad is not playing football in a game like this for England. We can't have Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier at left and right back when we're on the ball most of the time.

"That kid [Trent] is the best football player we've ever seen at full-back in this country. He has got to be on the pitch."

Ian Wright and Roy Keane both agreed that England needed a dramatic improvement. But without the creative prowess of Alexander-Arnold that Liverpool has seen so often, that might be a struggle. says: Nevile is spot on. Without getting the best out of Alexander-Arnold, England is wasting one of its biggest-ever talents. The Liverpool man has never performed at his best for the Three Lions but much of that comes down to the coaching.