EPL: Paul Merson tells Southgate player to start England’s World Cup match

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Former Arsenal star, Paul Merson, wants England manager Gareth Southgate to start Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of Chelsea’s Reece James at the 2022 FIFA World Cup opener.

Southgate currently has the likes of Alexander-Arnold, James, Manchester City’s Kyle Walker and Newcastle’s Kieran Trippier all vying for a spot at the right-back position in the England squad.

England will clash with Iran in their 2022 FIFA World Cup opener on November 21.

Explaining why he preferred Alexander-Arnold over James, Merson said (via Football London): “Whatever happens, Alexander-Arnold must play in the opener. I definitely don’t think he is a better player than James in terms of being an all-round player.

“But if you’re talking about a team like Iran who are going to put ten behind the ball and you need to break them down, Trent has to be in the team for that game.”

EPL: Paul Merson tells Southgate player to start England’s World Cup match

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