Steven Gerrard disagrees with Gareth Southgate’s decision to drop Trent Alexander-Arnold and says the Liverpool man remains England’s best right-back.
Alexander-Arnold found himself dumped from Southgate’s England squad after his first spell of sticky form.
It was a shock call from the Three Lions coach with the European Championships on the horizon.
Instead Southgate went with Reece James, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker as his right-back options and then named two uncapped full-backs who were also under consideration.
Southgate explained that Alexander-Arnold has not “played at the level that he found in the last couple of years” and pointed to the form of the three right-back options in his squad.
The England boss then named Luke Ayling and Matty Cash as two who were also under consideration for a place at right-back, a position England have strength in depth.
Still, Rangers boss Gerrard was “surprised” to see the Liverpool man left out and believes he needed the support of Southgate.
“One thing’s for sure, I’ll always be there for Trent,” said Gerrard. “It goes without saying, any second of the day. I wouldn’t make the first move. He’s a man himself. He knows where he’s at.
“Gareth Southgate makes the decisions there. I don’t necessarily agree with that decision, but I’m not the England manager.
“I think Trent is the best English right-back in the country. One thing I’ve learnt from being a player is you can’t always be 10 out of 10.
“When you do come off, you need that support, love and attention from your manager more than anyone else. So I was surprised by the decision but that’s my opinion and my opinion is not important in this.”
England have three games, starting against San Marino on Thursday at Wembley, which are their last competitive matches before the delayed Euro 2020.
“Trent is a world-class right back,” Gerrard added. “We’ve got other fantastic right backs, by the way.
“But I’m there for Trent and any of the other Liverpool players at any moment of the day.”
England also face Albania and Poland before the summer’s tournament. And Alexander-Arnold, who has made 25 starts from 29 games for Liverpool, faces a huge battle to add to his 12 caps at this summer’s tournament.
Barcelona yet to seal Gini transfer
Meanwhile, Barcelona are still to finalise a transfer agreement with Georginho Wijnaldum after claims the deal was done and dusted were dismissed.
The Dutchman has less than four months left on his Anfield deal and speculation over his future has intensified. Indeed, reports on Sunday claimed Wijnaldum had finally wrapped up a move to Barcelona with a pre-contract signed. The loss of a player, key to Liverpool’s success in recent years, would come as a huge, if unexpected, blow to the Reds.
These claims, however, have been dismissed by Barcelona-based paper Mundo Deportivo. They claim that while Barca remain keen, nothing has yet been finalised. They insist that while Ronald Koeman is keen to bring his countryman to the Nou Camp, they cite sources within club denying that a deal has been secured.
That will give Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool a small glimmer of hope that Wijnaldum could yet stay at Anfield.
It seems the 30-year-old is hanging on to see whether the Reds improve their contract offer to him.