Neville identifies a potential World Cup liability for England.
Neville names a player that could cost England at World Cup.
Former Manchester United player Gary Alexander Neville has named a player who could become a potential World Cup liability for England.
Gary Neville thinks England can lose the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar due to Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold’s defensive vulnerabilities
Neville believes Alexander-Arnold has the qualities to become the greatest right-back in the world, but all of that attributes are outweighed by glaring defensive errors, which could affect his World Cup inclusion.
It is still unknown if Alexander-Arnold will travel to Qatar after England head coach Gareth Southgate named his 2022 FIFA World Cup squad on Thursday.
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“It is a really tough one with [Trent] Alexander-Arnold,” Neville told Sky Sports after Liverpool defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in a Premier League tie on Sunday. “His brilliance going forward is out of this world.
“But we’re talking about knockout football. Whether England wins or loses in a World Cup is going to be down to moments. A mistake – concentration. At this moment in time, I can’t see how Gareth can go into a knockout game in a World Cup playing Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“I want this player to be the greatest right-back of all time because he has got the ability to do that. But at times at Tottenham, he looked like he could cost Liverpool dearly.
“In a World Cup, I think he is giving away a penalty [for his challenge on Sessegnon]. I don’t think Gareth will trust him in a knockout game. Which means, will he then take him? If he has got four brilliant right-backs, will he go?”