Now, manager Gareth Southgate has defended his decision to leave Trent Alexander-Arnold out of the squad.
The Three Lions played out an entertaining 3 – 3 draw with Germany, with all goals coming in the second half. Luke Shaw, Mason Mount and Harry Kane were on the scoresheet, but Trent Alexander-Arnold was a notable absentee. The Liverpool right-back did not make the squad as Trippier was preferred on the bench, with Reece James in the starting lineup.
His omission has raised a lot of questions, with many suggesting that his creativity could prove valuable to the team. However, despite being rated as probably the best right-back in the Premier League for the past four seasons, he has struggled to establish himself in the national team, having earned only 17 caps for England. Trent Alexander-Arnold missed out on Euro 2020 due to injury, but has only featured in four of his teams 15 international matches since.
“Against Germany we selected the squad because of the way we went with the team so we needed [Ben] Chilwell on the bench and we had Kieran who, at the moment, I feel his all round game is ahead,” Gareth Southgate told the media via The Mail.
Kieran Trippier has started the season on fire, starting all seven of Newcastle’s matches. Furthermore, his versatility and ability to operate from the left also helps his cause.
Now, with just two months to the World Cup, it appears Reece James is the preferred option at right-back and Trippier is his back up. There is still time for Trent Alexander-Arnold to change the coach’s mind but only time will tell.
Liverpool face Brighton this weekend, while Newcastle travel to face Fulham this weekend.