Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has told of his disappointment at Gareth Southgate’s decision to drop Trent Alexander-Arnold from the England squad.
The full-back has struggled for a consistent run of form for Liverpool this season and as a result he was dumped out the squad, with Reece James, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker being selected instead.
The decision came as a shock to Gerrard, but he insists Alexander-Arnold is still England’s best option at right-back.
“One thing’s for sure, I’ll always be there for Trent,” Gerrard told the Athletic. “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 learned 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.
“Trent is a world-class right-back, he’s the best right-back the country has got. We’ve got other fantastic right-backs by the way. But in terms of the loaded side of the question, I’m there for Trent and any of the other Liverpool players at any moment of the day.”