Liverpool star reveals 'excitement' over potential new England role as he targets Euro 2024
The Liverpool defender could be set for a major role for his country.
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The Liverpool star has been one of the standout right-backs in Europe since 2018 thanks to his incredible passing ability and consistent assist numbers, but he has been selected as a midfielder across the past two England squads, as opposed to a defender.
Given that the likes of Manchester City's Kyle Walker, Newcastle United's Kieran Trippier and Chelsea's Reece James are also vying for the right-back role, Southgate has experimented with TAA in midfield alongside Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice.
With England facing their final two European qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia, those games will provide a perfect opportunity for Alexander-Arnold to gain more vital experience in the midfield role that Gareth Southgate has outlined for him.
Speaking to The Standard, Alexander-Arnold spoke on how the midfield position is something he is 'constantly' thinking about and Southgate has backed him for that position.
“Since we spoke in the summer, me and the manager, about a midfield opportunity and to see if we could make it work, there has been a newfound excitement for me.
“When I’m here, when I’m not here, I’m constantly thinking about trying to get into the team for the summer, how I can do that and how I can take the opportunities I’m given to make sure I’m part of the plans for the summer.
“It is a target I have set for myself and I think, with the help of the manager and the staff and analysts, it is something I can do.
“It has always been an honour and a pleasure to come away with England and play games for your country, to represent my country is the biggest honour any player can have, it truly is.
“It is still early days, I haven’t had much experience in there so still learning on the job and about picking it up as much as I can when I am in there.
“It is exciting and I enjoy learning, I enjoy having that kind of understanding of the game, trying to understand different roles and positions and admire what people are doing in there.”