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Alexander-Arnold admits his England career could have gone better

Mon 15 November 2021 | 21:49

Trent Alexander-Arnold admits he has had a ‘mixed’ career at the international level and believes there is a lot more to come from him for England.

The

Liverpool

right-back has been an integral part of the Reds and has won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, and Premier League in recent years.

But he has failed to replicate his club form on the international stage with

England

and has found it hard to nail down a first-team spot in

Gareth Southgate

’s team.

Speaking to

ITV Sport

,

Alexander-Arnold

said he expected to have played more games for his country.

When asked about how he feels about his international career so far, Alexander-Arnold said

"It's a mix really. I'm grateful for all the opportunities I've had, I've been to a World Cup, played in games, so that's amazing.

"But at the same time, there's something inside me that tells me that in my mind it could have gone better for me personally.

"If I'm being selfish, I expect myself to play more games, to have been involved a bit more and there's a lot more to be unlocked.

"It's two very different roles at club and country. Different responsibilities, different personnel and different tactics. Adjustments have to be made between club and country, and I've probably just struggled with doing that, I would say."

During England’s 4-0 win at home to

Andorra

in September, the Liverpool defender was used in midfield by

Southgate

before being moved back to his right-back role in the second half.

"Okay. It's an exciting thought,"

he said about being played in the middle

. "I always found myself in there anyway within a game, I drift into there [from right-back] and it was natural.

"I think that was what went wrong in that first half was being in there already, standing in there and trying to find space rather than going in there unexpectedly and confusing the opposition, and feeling the freedom to drift in there whenever I thought it was right.

"I don't like to put limitations on myself, but as of right now my main focus is trying to nail down the right-back spot.

"I have the talent and I should have the performances to make sure I'm in that squad [for Qatar 2022], and if I don't then it's only me who can be blamed for that."


source: SportMob

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