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Michael Owen worried about England star’s chances of starting at World Cup

Former Liverpool star, Michael Owen, believes defender Trent Alexander-Arnold may not be England’s starting right-back for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Owen said this after Alexander-Arnold made another defensive error for Liverpool in their Champions League 2-1 win against Ajax on Tuesday.

England have an abundance of quality options at right-back, with Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, and Reece James are all vying for the same spot in the Three Lions’ starting XI.

Despite Alexander-Arnold being in brilliant form last season, England head coach Gareth Southgate opted to start more matches with Chelsea’s James.

Southgate has also repeatedly backed Manchester City’s Walker, who made it into his starting XI at the 2018 World Cup and at UEFA EURO 2020.

With Alexander-Arnold suffering a dip in form this season, Owen feels the 23-year-old will find it hard to get a starting berth for England in Qatar later this year.

“Gareth Southgate didn’t pick Trent Alexander-Arnold when he was absolutely flying and Liverpool and Trent were top-notch,” Owen said in BT Sport Studio.

“As things stand, if he wasn’t going to pick him then, he’s not going to be his first-choice right-back at the moment.”

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