Paul Scholes aims brutal dig over England boss' Gareth Southgate's Trent Alexander-Arnold call

Paul Scholes has weighed in on the speculation that Gareth Southgate is set to drop Trent Alexander-Arnold for Conor Gallagher in England's upcoming Euro 2024 clash.

The Three Lions, already through to the knockout stages, have their final group game against Slovenia in Cologne this Tuesday. Despite making it to the last 16, England's lackluster showings against Serbia and Denmark have turned up the heat on Southgate and his squad.

Liverpool ace Alexander-Arnold, who's been trialed in midfield during England's group games, didn't quite hit the mark in the 1-1 draw with Denmark last Thursday. Southgate is planning to swap out the Reds' star for Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher.

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Manchester United legend and former England international Scholes took to Instagram to voice his thoughts ahead of the match, posting: "Why are we obsessed with energy when we should be obsessed with the brain."

Scholes' comment could also be a nod towards the scant minutes given to United's young talent Kobbie Mainoo, who was benched in the Denmark encounter. After the game, Southgate opened up about the ongoing struggle to solidify England's midfield, conceding: "We have been trying to find a solution in midfield for seven or eight years. If we hadn't had Declan Rice, I don't know where we'd have been.

"Unfortunately, Kalvin (Phillips) wasn't a possible for us for this tournament and Hendo (Jordan Henderson) the same, so we're trying to find something different.

"Some of that has worked, some of that hasn't worked so well - but over the years that's been a consistent problem we've tried to find the best way of solving and we've got to do that in the coming weeks as well.

"One of our biggest problems was we weren't pressing well enough as a team, so Trent had all sorts of problems to solve without the ball - and most of the time he did really, really well.

"But clearly you're going to see different pictures when you're in there every week. He's had moments where he's played the passes that we thought he could. I understand, you're always going to ask me about individuals, but the team didn't function today. That's my responsibility."