Roy Keane and Gary Neville may be about to get what they wanted with reports indicating Trent Alexander-Arnold will be dropped from the England starting line-up for their final group game against Slovenia.

Gareth Southgate has stuck with the same XI for England's opening two group games, but they've been far from convincing in either match.

They were booed off the pitch following their 1-1 draw with Denmark last time out and it seems as though Southgate is prepared to make some changes for their final group game.

England are still top of their group and even the worst-case scenario after the final group game would see them likely qualify as one of the best third-ranked teams.

It means Southgate is able to take a bit of a gamble with his team selection and it's been reported that Alexander-Arnold is one of the players who will be taken out of the side.

The Liverpool star will reportedly be replaced by Conor Gallagher, who has come on for the 25-year-old in each of England's games so far.

Southgate has been key to push Alexander-Arnold into a midfield position for his country, but both Keane and Neville haven't been convinced.

Keane, regarded as one of the best Premier League midfielders of all time, feels the Liverpool ace is 'not up to it'.

"I've played in midfield, it is a tough position. Physically, get your distances, and he has come up short in two games," Keane said.

"It is not all down to him, you have to look at Gareth [Southgate]. It is a huge gamble to throw him in the middle of the park.

"This is not against France or Germany, this is against two teams that you would have thought England would be fairly comfortable against.

"It is a big ask for him, and he is not up to it."

Neville has also pointed out that Alexander-Arnold's role for Liverpool is different to the one Southgate currently has him playing.

“What Jurgen Klopp's done at Liverpool is find a way to get him into midfield from right back,” Neville said on ITV.

“Look there’s no doubt if you’re good enough to play in midfield all the time, you would play in midfield.

“The reason you were right back is because basically you’ve been shoved back there from being either a wide player or a midfield player at some point in your life and you’ve not been good enough.


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“I was the same as the 14-year-old or 15-year-old, I was a midfield player, we all were and then we got pushed back.

“So where you saw Trent struggle a couple of times there was when it was tight and with his back to play. To receive the ball with back to play is the hardest thing in football in midfield.

“We don't do it well as full-backs, not even Trent, who's unbelievable on the ball. He's uncomfortable in that position.”

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