Jamie Carragher 'cannot fathom' latest Trent Alexander-Arnold decision from Gareth Southgate

Jamie Carragher holding a Sky Sports microphone.
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Jamie Carragher has expressed his shock at rumors that Gareth Southgate is considering selecting Kieran Trippier over Trent Alexander-Arnold for England's match against Switzerland later today.

The Three Lions are set to face the Swiss in the Euro 2024 quarter-finals, following a less than stellar tournament performance which saw them secure only two victories out of their four matches in Germany. Southgate, having previously dropped Alexander-Arnold from the midfield, is set to bypass the Liverpool player once again as he plans to switch to a 3-4-3 formation.

Kyle Walker is anticipated to serve as a third center-back in this system, with Southgate seemingly ready to position Trippier as a right-wing back. The Newcastle player has so far been deployed as a left-back.

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Carragher confessed his inability to comprehend why Southgate would not opt for Alexander-Arnold in that role, given his years of exceptional performance for Liverpool at the top level. Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: "Kieran Trippier has done a decent job at left-back. He's picked him over Trent Alexander-Arnold, which I just cannot fathom at all. I mean, that's not the Liverpool fan in me.

"For a long time, I've always felt it was right that Kyle Walker played right-back for England. I thought it was right that Gareth experimented with Trent in midfield because he's got, obviously, world-class ability on the ball. It didn't quite work and he had to be taken out of the team.

"But the reason that you'd play Trippier over Trent, I just can't get my head around. The only reason would be that Kieran has played maybe a few more games, maybe he trusts him. But when you say defensively, the whole point of playing three at the back is to release your wing-backs. And you've got Kyle Walker behind you, he's the quickest player in the squad to mop up anything if you get caught out defensively.

"So to not put Trent in that position, I cannot believe that one. I must be honest, I can't. I can only imagine where his head is right now in this tournament. But Kieran Trippier is a player who Gareth trusts, he puts him in. Whether it be left back, right back, right wing-back, left wing-back, he always seems to find a place for him. But I would have played Trent in that position."

England and Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold.
England and Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold. -Credit:Photo by Ibrahim Ezzat/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Alexander-Arnold has only played in midfield so far at the tournament but that didn't work. Conor Gallagher and Kobbie Mainoo have both had a go at the same role without much success.

Carragher added: "Yeah I do (feel sorry for Trent Alexander-Arnold). But, listen, I played in the era when there was a lot of great center-backs. I very rarely played for England and Trent has come through in an era where there was a lot of great right-backs.

"Now, Kyle Walker's obviously getting older and I think after this tournament, Trent Alexander-Arnold has to be England's right back, whether that's in a back four or a back five. You have to give him his head because he's too good of a player.

"But, Kieran Trippier, as I said, he's a good player. He hasn't had a great season at Newcastle. He's done okay for England. He's done a really solid job at left-back, as well as he could possibly do. But, to play ahead of Trent, I just don't see that at all."

"Trent has got world-class ability. Kieran Trippier is just a very good player who at times had a difficult season for Newcastle. So, yeah, I do feel for him in this one. A lot of people were saying they felt for him in terms of going into midfield and then getting dropped.

"But, you know, he was given his chance in two games in midfield and he didn't really produce. Or the rest of the team didn't produce as well. So, I felt, you know, you have to accept that he's taken out the team. But, this one I think will be a really tough pill to swallow for him." says: If England can't find a way to get the most out of Alexander-Arnold, that would be a massive shame for the player. As it stands, though, he should be coming back to Kirkby refreshed rather than overplayed. It will then be up to Arne Slot to have the conversation about what comes next for him.