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Trent Alexander-Arnold insists you ‘can’t go wrong’ in midfield for England

Trent Alexander-Arnold insists you ‘can’t go wrong’ in midfield for England

17/06/2024, England, Soccer, English Premier League Soccer, Article # 31819366

Trent Alexander-Arnold has praised his England teammates for helping him adjust to playing in midfield. 

The 25-year-old is one of the most effective full-backs on the planet but was deployed in a central role by Gareth Southgate for England’s 1-0 win over Serbia to open their Euro 2024 campaign.

It’s a position Alexander-Arnold has played before but is still a controversial pick from Southgate, who has the likes of Conor Gallagher, Kobbie Mainoo and Adam Wharton as more natural options in his squad.

Alexander-Arnold had a mixed evening, playing a key role in the excellent football on show from the Three Lions in the opening half-hour, but also losing the ball in dangerous areas a couple of times — including gifting an opportunity to Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Alexander-Arnold thanks teammates for midfield guidance

Despite a couple of difficult moments, there was plenty to suggest Alexander-Arnold can fully adjust to playing through the middle.

The Liverpool man had 60 touches of the ball, while posting an 88% pass completion rate, three shots attempted — including a powerful effort from distance that forced a save from Predrag Rajkovic — four out of six long passes completed and four passes into the final third during his 69 minutes on the pitch.

Alexander-Arnold has praised his England teammates for helping him adjust to an unfamiliar position.

“I found it good,” Alexander-Arnold told UEFA.com of playing in midfield (via BBC Sport). “Physically demanding. But when you are playing with Declan, Jude and with an experienced back four behind you, and Jude and Declan who communicate really well, it’s hard to go wrong.”

England continue their Group C campaign against Denmark in Frankfurt on Thursday, while Serbia travel to Munich to take on Slovenia.

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Man City’s Phil Foden given harsh but fair message after being out-shone by Jude Bellingham for En

Man City’s Phil Foden given harsh but fair message after being out-shone by Jude Bellingham for En

17/06/2024, England, Soccer, English Premier League Soccer, Article # 31819367

Manchester City star Phil Foden has been told he needs to be able to find more within himself to stamp his authority on games like Jude Bellingham does after England’s 1-0 win over Serbia last night.

The Three Lions made a winning start to Euro 2024, but it wasn’t the most convincing performance in general, even if Bellingham had a good game and scored a superb winner with a commanding header in the first half.

There were some concerns about the way Gareth Southgate’s side were set up, and this led to something of a disagreement between BBC Sport pundits, as you can see in the video clip below as Cesc Fabregas insists it’s not enough of an excuse for Foden’s quiet performance…

Richards argues that Foden isn’t being given the kind of role to fully express himself the way Bellingham is, but Fabregas also believes the City man could be doing more, even if the tactical set-up isn’t ideal for him.

It will be interesting to see if Foden can improve as the tournament goes on, or if Southgate perhaps needs to re-think his role in the team, or even consider leaving him out altogether.

Luckily, England have a lot of decent alternatives, with Chelsea’s Cole Palmer surely another who could be a contender to start games, while Jarrod Bowen was lively when he came on as a substitute last night.

Foden was out-shone by Bellingham in England’s win over Serbia

For now, however, it’s clear that Bellingham is the main man and it’s incredible to see how much he just takes all these big games in his stride.

It’s easy to forget that Bellingham is still only 20 years old, but he’s already got 30 caps for England and has also just established himself as one of the main men at Real Madrid, winning the Champions League there in his first season at the club.

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Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd to pay £50m release clause as Liverpool and Chelsea on alert

Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd to pay £50m release clause as Liverpool and Chelsea on alert

17/06/2024, England, Soccer, English Premier League Soccer, Article # 31819385


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Cesc Fabregas gives verdict Trent Alexander-Arnold midfield performance for England

Cesc Fabregas gives verdict Trent Alexander-Arnold midfield performance for England

17/06/2024, England, Soccer, English Premier League Soccer, Article # 31819327

Cesc Fabregas feels Trent Alexander-Arnold endured a ‘mixed performance’ as a midfielder in England’s 1-0 win over Serbia at Euro 2024.

The Three Lions kicked off their campaign in Germany with three points thanks to Jude Bellingham’s early header, but had to battle hard as Serbia piled on the pressure in the second half.

One of the highlights of Gareth Southgate’s team selection was playing Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold in midfield — a position he has played before but a controversial pick considering the likes of Conor Gallagher and Kobbie Mainoo are in the squad as more natural picks.

Alexander-Arnold was a key part of the slick football England played during the opening half an hour of the match but, like his teammates, regressed a little as Serbia exerted their own influence on the game — also losing the ball in dangerous areas on a couple of occasions.

The 25-year-old was withdrawn in the 69th minute with 60 touches of the ball, an 88% pass completion rate, three shots attempted — including a powerful effort from distance that forced a save from Predrag Rajkovic — four out of six long passes completed and four passes into the final third.

Fabregas gives verdict on Trent Alexander-Arnold performance

Speaking to BBC One as a pundit after the full-time whistle, former Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder Fabregas admitted Alexander-Arnold experienced high and low moments in the match, but insisted he has the ability to further adapt to the midfield role with practice.

“I thought it was a mixed performance from Trent Alexander-Arnold,” said Fabregas, who is the assistant coach of Italian side Como.

He continued: “There were moments where he was superb but other times he was a bit complacent with the ball. He made a mistake that led to a chance for Aleksandar Mitrovic but he reacted and recovered well, showed good personality. The more he plays in the midfield the better he will become.”

England continue their Group C campaign against Denmark in Frankfurt on Thursday, while Serbia travel to Munich to take on Slovenia.

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“Absolutely outstanding” – Man Utd transfer target earns big praise for England performance vs

“Absolutely outstanding” – Man Utd transfer target earns big praise for England performance vs

17/06/2024, England, Soccer, English Premier League Soccer, Article # 31819328

Former England goalkeeper Joe Hart has heaped praise onto underrated defender Marc Guehi for stepping in and putting in an outstanding display for Gareth Southgate’s side in the win over Serbia last night.

Guehi has long been a solid and reliable performer for Crystal Palace, but he’s not really one of the bigger, more proven names in this England squad, which has perhaps led to some people questioning him a little unfairly, according to Hart.

Still, we know Guehi is a top talent and that he could be one to watch on the transfer market soon as Manchester United have been linked with an interest in the 23-year-old by Dean Jones of Give Me Sport.

The Red Devils could do with strengthening with some young defenders coming in this summer, and it seems increasingly clear that Guehi could be just the kind of player they’re looking for.

See below as Hart praises the Palace ace for the way he stepped up in last night’s 1-0 win over Serbia at Euro 2024…

Guehi transfer: Will he get another shot at a big six club?

Guehi started his career in Chelsea’s academy and he’s done superbly to pick himself up since failing to make the grade at Stamford Bridge.

One imagines the England international will surely now get another shot at playing for a top side, and Man Utd seem to be one of the main names to watch if previous reports are accurate.

Marc Guehi in action for England

Palace won’t want to lose an important player like Guehi, but at the same time, a good tournament for England this summer will surely see his asking price shoot up, which could mean the Eagles get serious money for the player.

Most fans would rather have great players than money for their club to spend, but at the same time, we’ve often seen international tournaments inflate a player’s valuation, so it could do a lot of good for the London outfit and help them invest in other areas of their squad.

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Boost for Liverpool as Chelsea star’s potential transfer to another club goes “cold”

Boost for Liverpool as Chelsea star’s potential transfer to another club goes “cold”

17/06/2024, England, Soccer, English Premier League Soccer, Article # 31819329

Liverpool may reportedly have been handed a significant transfer boost as Chelsea defender Levi Colwill’s potential move to Bayern Munich seems to have gone ‘cold’.

The England international has been a key player for the Blues since returning to Stamford Bridge from an impressive loan spell at Brighton, and he surely has a big future for the club if he stays put.

However, with Chelsea now finding themselves out of the Champions League for a few years, Colwill is unsurprisingly attracting interest from some of Europe’s elite, including Bayern Munich.

However, Florian Plettenberg of Sky Germany has now suggested that Bayern’s interest has gone cold due to Chelsea’s asking price for the 21-year-old.

Bayern are known to be in the hunt for signings in defence this summer, but their focus now seems to be on raiding their rivals Bayer Leverkusen for the signing of Jonathan Tah to bolster their back line.

Colwill transfer: Good news for Liverpool as Bayern deal unlikely?

Colwill to Liverpool is another story we’ve heard about recently as the Reds also surely need a long-term signing at the back to replace the ageing Virgil van Dijk.

If Bayern are no longer in the running that should only be good news for the Merseyside giants, though one imagines CFC will be even less keen to sell such a talented young player to one of their biggest Premier League rivals.

Levi Colwill in action for Chelsea

Colwill could be a superb addition to this LFC squad, but if he is to leave Chelsea it would surely make more sense to sell him abroad if possible.

Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked as long-standing admirers of Colwill, so that could perhaps be one to watch in the near future.

Liverpool, meanwhile, don’t tend to splash the cash on big names like this too often, so one imagines we’ll see them turn to alternatives soon enough.

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Bid made: Liverpool offer €50m for transfer of Ligue 1 sensation but €60m required

Bid made: Liverpool offer €50m for transfer of Ligue 1 sensation but €60m required

17/06/2024, England, Soccer, English Premier League Soccer, Article # 31819330

Liverpool have reportedly offered €50million for the transfer of Lille defender Leny Yoro, but the bid has been rejected as the Ligue 1 club hold out for more like €60m.

Yoro is considered an elite young talent and it looks like there’ll be plenty of other clubs in the race for his signature this summer, with Liverpool trying their luck with a bid but with the likes of Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid also chasing him, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The report adds that Yoro’s preference also seems to be Real Madrid, so it might be difficult for Liverpool to persuade the young Frenchman to join them even if they do manage to agree a fee with Lille.

Still only 18 years of age, Yoro looks like he has a big future in the game and it will be interesting to see where he ends up next, though it’s easy to imagine him being the latest young star to join this exciting Real Madrid project.

Leny Yoro to Liverpool or Real Madrid?

Yoro transfer ideal for Real Madrid

Los Blancos have just won the Champions League yet again after some smart work in the transfer market in recent times, with the Spanish giants building around top young players like Jude Bellingham, Vinicius Junior and Eduardo Camavinga.

Meanwhile, Endrick is also on his way to the Bernabeu this summer, so if Madrid could add someone like Yoro as well, they’ll be set up for many years to come.

Still, Liverpool would also surely do well to strengthen their defence with a long-term replacement for the ageing Virgil van Dijk, while Ibrahima Konate has not always been that reliable when it comes to staying fit and free of injuries.

A lot of top young players would surely jump at the chance to move to one of the Premier League’s top clubs, but it also becomes a different conversation once a big name like Real Madrid get involved.

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Transfer news: £31m Man Utd reunion as Arsenal and Chelsea battle for 30-goal striker

Transfer news: £31m Man Utd reunion as Arsenal and Chelsea battle for 30-goal striker

17/06/2024, England, Soccer, English Premier League Soccer, Article # 31819275


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(Video) “I thought he showed great discipline” – Southgate praises Liverpool ace

(Video) “I thought he showed great discipline” – Southgate praises Liverpool ace

17/06/2024, England, Soccer, English Premier League Soccer, Article # 31818903

England kicked off their Euro 2024 campaign with a hard fought victory over Serbia on Sunday evening.

Jude Bellingham headed home the only goal of the game after 13 minutes, and Gareth Southgate’s side held on despite coming under increased pressure in the second half.

England are one of the favourites for the tournament given the talent they possess in their squad, but there are one or two question marks hanging over the team.

Perhaps the biggest is the make-up of the midfield and who plays alongside Declan Rice, with Southgate opting for Trent Alexander-Arnold over Conor Gallagher and youngsters Kobbie Mainoo and Adam Wharton.

Alexander-Arnold did well on the whole, displaying great quality on the ball with his range of passing and ability to pick a pass, but concerns remain over his defensive ability and whether he has the discipline to play in the middle of the park.

Roy Keane warned Southgate the Liverpool ace could get found out in midfield against the better teams and it’s difficult to argue against that despite a largely positive performance on Sunday night.

Southgate praised the 25-year-old saying he thought he showed “great discipline” and singled out his range of passing.

Watch Southgate assess Alexander-Arnold’s midfield performance

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