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Rio Ferdinand tells Gareth Southgate to select Reece James as a substitute of Trent Alexander-Arnold

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Rio Ferdinand believes Reece James ought to play for England as a substitute of Trent Alexander-Arnold (Image: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand has waded into the talk over who ought to play on the right-hand aspect of England’s defence on the upcoming World Cup.

Gareth Southgate is perhaps in need of central defenders, however he’s spoiled for alternative within the full-back positions with each Reece James and Trent Alexander-Arnold laying declare to being among the many greatest on the earth in that place.

The Three Lions boss can also be capable of name upon the expertise of Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker, each of whom starred throughout final summer time’s European championships.

In Qatar, nevertheless, it’s more likely to come all the way down to a straight shootout between the Liverpool and Chelsea duo, however Ferdinand believes James has the sting, notably if Southgate had been to go together with a 3-5-2 formation.

He informed Vibe with 5: ‘This can be a tough one. We’re going the place we’re proper now. Reece James is forward of Trent proper now. If I’m a winger I take a look at who I don’t wish to play in opposition to extra out of the 2 of them and it might be Reece.

Reece James is more likely to begin for England in opposition to Italy this night (Image: Getty)

‘I feel bodily he can match folks defensively and going ahead is ridiculous. Trent’s passing I might say arguably is healthier over assorted distances however I feel Reece will rating extra targets. He in there (the penalty space) a lot.

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‘He would patrol the entire space on his personal. You could possibly play Trent there as properly and he’d run it and each of them can are available in right here (central areas).

‘That’s the one factor, he performs this place week in and week out. Trent performs extra from the right-back space coming onto issues.’

On the other flank, Ferdinand believes Southgate ought to go for England’s newly topped Participant of the Yr Bukayo Saka.

Accepting his award forward of tonight’s Nations League match in opposition to Italy, the Arsenal winger stated: ‘This can be a such a particular honour for me and I’m very grateful to everybody who voted.’

Southgate, in the meantime, has trimmed his squad forward of this night’s recreation in opposition to the Azzurri with Ben Chilwell, Jordan Henderson and Ivan Toney set to overlook out.

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