Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold admitted it was “difficult” for him to adapt to his new role in midfield after Gareth Southgate decided to “try”.
The Three Lions coach decided to put the heart of the Liverpool defense in the English midfield against Andorra, along with his Anfield colleague Jordan Henderson and Judd Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund.
This is a whole new role for Alexander-Arnold, although he is enjoying being a right midfielder during Liverpool’s attack.
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The 22-year-old says Southgate wanted to try “the experience” but found it difficult to influence the game.
“It’s a new role for me, a little different, I think a lot of questions have been asked if I could play there, a lot of opinions have been expressed in the last few weeks.” Alexander Arnold said SPORT . conversation.
“It was an experience the coach wanted to do, but it was difficult for me to shoot the ball, and much more difficult for me to hit the ball in these spaces.
“But whether I start there or come back, I think I will naturally finish in the middle of the field, catch the ball and play the game.”
England quietly beat Andorra 4-0 in the match Jesse Lingard scored two goals, while Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka scored the goals.
When Southgate tweaked the system in the second half, Alexander-Arnold was even more pleased with his performance.
He added, “The only difference is that I started there [in midfield] And it was a little more difficult to find the space I was looking for.
“In the second half we changed the system a little bit and were able to find a lot more space, have time on the ball, and take positions that are very similar to playing midfield anyway.”
Meanwhile, Southgate believes England have a “huge motive” to give the group their say in Wednesday’s trip to Poland.
“It’s clear that Hungary is over (the 1-0 loss to Albania) and Poland is probably the closest opponent, which we probably thought when the match ended in a draw,” Southgate said.
“It is a huge motivation for us now. If we can go to Warsaw and win, we really control the group.”
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