Rob Green has praised Trent Alexander-Arnold’s role in the England squad despite not playing one minute of international football this month.

Speaking on the Football Daily Podcast, the BBC Sport pundit noted that the Liverpool defender has emerged as the big winner from England’s latest international break after their performance against Ukraine.

The Three Lions were sloppy in midfield and lacked Alexander-Arnold’s passing and awareness alongside the likes of Bukayo Saka and Harry Kane, with the Liverpool star currently out due to injury.

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Green said: “The big takeaway from it, the way the game panned out was the one true winner of the game was Trent Alexander-Arnold. And playing in that midfield role with the quarterback as we called him and it ended up with Harry Kane dropping into that role to play that ball.

“He would have added something different into that dimension in midfield if selected. Obviously being in the squad would have helped, not being injured but I do think that sometimes you gain by your omission from a team or from not playing as such.

“And I think that he’s the one true winner from it last night because he would have sat there and gone, given the time and space that they had in that deep-lying midfield role he’d have picked those runners off.”

Alexander-Arnold could be England’s most important player in 2024

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Gareth Southgate’s decision to play Alexander-Arnold in midfield for England this summer was nothing short of a game-changer, and the Liverpool man could be the Three Lions’ most important player heading into 2024.

The Liverpool star thrived in the midfield role alongside Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice, and this trio could be what takes England to glory in next year’s Euros.

Indeed, Alexander-Arnold staying fit will be key in England succeeding next year, and the Liverpool man will want to give it all for his country in Germany.

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