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England have to find room for Trent Alexander-Arnold at the European Championships because he is a "top player", according to Peter Crouch.
Alexander-Arnold was a surprise omission from Gareth Southgates latest England squad last week, withReece James, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier picked ahead of him at right-back for the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Crouch is now worried that the Reds defender will miss out on this summers Euros, which he thinks would be a real shame considering his talents.
"The selection -or should that be ‘no-selection’ -that surprised me most of all involved Trent Alexander-Arnold," the former Liverpool striker told the Daily Mail. "It feels now like Reece James will be going to the Euros ahead of him, provided he stays fit.
"I like James, he’s had an outstanding season but if Trent doesn’t go to the tournament it will remind me of the time Sven Goran Eriksson overlooked Jermain Defoe for Theo Walcott in 2006. Trent is a top player and surely you have to find a place for him in the squad?"
Alexander-Arnold played a key role in Liverpools run to Champions League and Premier League glory over the past two seasons, but his form has taken a dramatic turn for the worsein 2020-21.
The 22-year-old has faced plenty of criticism for his defending in recent months, while his contribution in the final third has also dwindled amid the Reds slide down the top-flight standings.
Southgate said of his decision to drop Alexander-Arnold on Thursday:"There are areas where we have incredible competition for places. Trent is very unfortunate but I dont think hes played at the level that he found in the last couple of years."
Alexander-Arnold was handed his first senior cap for the Three Lions in a friendly against Costa Rica in June 2018 after being selected in Southgates final squad for the World Cup finals in Russia.
The Liverpool star only featured once in that tournament with Trippierfirst choice at right-back, but he has since appeared in 10 more games for England, including a 2-1 win over Belgium in the UEFA Nations League last October.