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Rooney says England player will ‘get found out’ in midfield

Rooney says England player will ‘get found out’ in midfield
Rooney says England player will ‘get found out’ in midfield

Wayne Rooney has cast doubt on Trent Alexander-Arnold featuring in midfield for England and believes the Liverpool defender could ‘get found out’ against the bigger teams.

Alexander-Arnold has established himself as one of the best attacking right-backs in world football for his club side but has struggled to earn the trust of England manager Gareth Southgate in a defensive role.

 

The 25-year-old has featured for England in recent fixtures in midfield, having spent increased minutes for Liverpool in a central position, and has been told by Southgate that he is viewed as a midfielder within the national set-up.

However, former England captain Rooney has doubted whether Alexander-Arnold has the defensive discipline to feature in midfield against the best nations in world football, while suggesting England will ‘lose a lot of his qualities’ with the change.

“I’ve watched Trent play in midfield a few times and I think you lose a lot of his qualities from full-back,” Rooney told The Overlap.

“I think his delivery is incredible. Of course he picks passes from midfield but I think he’s got to fight it out (at right-back).

“I know Kyle’s (Walker) probably the best right-back in the world at the minute but I think midfield is such an important position. I’d play (Kobbie) Mainoo before Trent in midfield. 100%.

 

“It’s not that he’s not good in there some of the passes he’s hitting are incredible. It’s probably only Becks (David Beckham) who was similar but I think to play in midfield, that discipline you need from a defensive point of view, especially when you come up against the bigger teams, I think he’ll get found out a bit.”

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