Due to the surgery of Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold might have a probable spot in England’s World Cup team.
A World Cup possibility for Trent?
Walker suffered a groin injury in City’s 6-3 derby victory against Man United on Sunday. On Thursday, the champions announced that Walker underwent a successful operation for the ailment.
Although there is no official timeline for his recovery, some sources indicate that he is now a concern for the World Cup, which begins next month.
That may directly affect Alexander-Arnold’s prospect of making the team, a subject that has received a lot of attention lately.
Although he was a member of the England team for their September internationals. However, Liverpool’s No. 66 did not participate in either match. Moreover, Southgate didn’t even include him in the matchday roster for the Three Lions’ second match against Germany.
What does the English boss prefer?
Last week, England manager Gareth Southgate asserted that Walker, Kieran Trippier, and Reece James had better all-around games than Alexander-Arnold did.
Walker’s injury may boost the likelihood that the Liverpool right-back will play in Qatar. However, there is also a good probability that Southgate could also call up a center-back to fill Walker’s void stead. Especially since the City defender has primarily gotten employed as a member of a three-man defense in recent years.
That might imply that players like Marc Guehi of Crystal Palace, Fikayo Tomori of AC Milan, or Ben White of Arsenal are favoured above Alexander-Arnold.
But there’s also the possibility of using Chelsea defender James in a back three, with Trippier or Alexander-Arnold at right wingback.
Walker’s absence against the Reds
When Liverpool and City square off in a Premier League matchup the following Saturday, Walker is likely to miss it. The most likely scenario is for Joao Cancelo to slot in at right-back. And summer acquisition Sergio Gomez will be covering the opposite side.
Jurgen Klopp won’t get upset if Trent isn’t selected for England’s 26-man team for Qatar, no matter how absurd it may be.