‘Trent Alexander-Arnold should play in MIDFIELD for England’, says former Liverpool star Danny Murphy

10 Jun

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold should play in a more attacking role in the England team, believes Danny Murphy.

The former Reds and Three Lions midfielder believes the 20-year-old crossing ability is a ‘weapon’ that is not being properly utilised by Gareth Southgate in his new system.

Trent Alexander-Arnold provided 16 assists in all competitions for Liverpool this season
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The England boss played with a back-three and two wing backs at the World Cup last summer as the Three Lions reached the semi-finals, but reverted back to a flat back four for the Nations League games against the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Alexander-Arnold, crowned a European champion with Liverpool just days before, didn’t start in the extra-time defeat to the Dutch, but did in the third place play-off victory over the Swiss.

He didn’t have as much of an impact as we’ve seen from him all season in a Reds shirt, though, and Murphy says Southgate’s tactics were to blame.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, a European Champion at the tender age of 20, has become a key member of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team
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He believes the 20-year-old’s talents are wasted in a flat back four, and has urged the England boss to push the wing-back further up field to fully harness his crossing ability.

“Trent is becoming a real threat,” said the talkSPORT pundit on Monday’s Jim White show.


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“His crossing is so consistently good, it’s such a weapon. He is consistently putting the ball in ridiculously dangerous areas.

“At the moment with our lack of creativity in the middle of the park, I think we have to get this lad in the team constantly.

“I’m not saying we should be relying on a 20-year-old, but when he’s fit, when he’s flying and he’s confident, he has to play.

“We did so well in the World Cup as Gareth Southgate stuck at the three at the back, but now he’s changed to a four and he’s probably got his reasons.

“But if you play a four with England, what you’re doing is restricting Trent a little bit.

“So then how do you get the best out of him? I think it’s a bit further up and giving him that freedom.”

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Portugal vs Netherlands live on talkSPORT: Free commentary stream and team news for Nations League final

9 Jun

Portugal and the Netherlands face off in Porto today looking to claim glory in the inaugural Nations League final.

Portugal saw off Switzerland in the semi-finals thanks to a stunning hat-trick from their talismanic captain Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal will be looking for Nations League glory against the Netherlands
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The Netherlands, meanwhile, took advantage of England’s mistakes to claim a 3-1 win in extra-time in their clash in Guimaraes.

The two sides will now battle it out for glory in first final of UEFA’s new tournament and talkSPORT will have full coverage of all the action.

Portugal vs Netherlands: How to listen

Full commentary from the Estadio do Dragao in Porto will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage getting underway at 7pm.

Mark Saggers will bring you all the build-up and to tune into our commentary just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.

Portugal vs Netherlands: Kick-off time

The Nations League final will get underway at 7:45pm on Sunday, June 9.

The two sides last met in an international friendly in March 2018 with the Dutch winning 3-0 thanks to goals from Memphis Depay, Ryan Babel and Virgil van Dijk.

The Netherlands beat England in the Nations League semi-finals
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Portugal vs Netherlands: What has been said?

Portugal manager Fernando Santos hailed hat-trick hero Ronaldo after his stunning display saying: “There’s no adjective to describe him.

“He’s a genius. You can be a genius in art, and in sculpture and he is a football genius.”

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman, meanwhile, said his side fully deserved their place in the Nations League final after beating England.

“That was a positive match,” the former Everton and Southampton boss said. “We had control throughout, though we tended to use the flanks when it was through the middle that we were hurting them.

“We were quite comfortable. I thought we deserved it.”

The UEFA Nations League trophy

Portugal vs Netherlands: Squads and team news

Portugal: Beto, Sa, Patricio, Cancelo, Semedo, Fonte, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro, Rui, Danilo, Neves, Carvalho, Fernandes, Moutinho, Pizzi, Silva, Felix, Guedes, Silva, Ronaldo, Jota, Sousa.

Holland: Bizot, Cillessen, Vermeer, Ake, Blind, De Ligt, De Vrij, Dumfries, Hateboer, Van Aanholt, Van Dijk, De Jong, De Roon, Propper, Strootman, Van de Beek, Vilhena, Wijnaldum, Babel, Bergwijn, De Jong, Depay, Promes.

Switzerland vs England live on talkSPORT: Free commentary stream and confirmed teams for Nations League clash

9 Jun

England’s hopes of Nations League glory were ended on Thursday after shocking defensive showing gifted the Netherlands a semi-final victory.

The Three Lions now take on Switzerland in the third place play-off after they were beaten by Portugal in their clash in Porto on Wednesday.

Harry Kane could return to England’s starting XI
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Gareth Southgate will be eager to see his side put on a show in Guimaraes and hit back from their disappointment against the Dutch and has made a number of changes to his team, including a start for Harry Kane, who replaces Marcus Rashford.

talkSPORT will have full coverage of every Nations League clash this summer and here’s how you can tune into it all.

Switzerland vs England: How to listen

Full commentary from the Estadio D.Afonso Henriques in Guimaraes will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage getting under way at 1pm.

Mark Saggers will bring you all the build-up and to tune into our commentary just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.

Switzerland vs England: Kick-off time

The Nations League third place play-off will get start at 2pm on Sunday, June 9.

The two sides last met in an international friendly last September when Marcus Rashford scored in England’s 1-0 win at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.

Gareth Southgate’s England lost to the Netherlands in the semi-finals
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Switzerland vs England: What has been said?

Southgate says he won’t overreact to Thursday’s defeat which saw John Stones and Ross Barkley punished for woeful mistakes in extra-time.

And the England boss insists he is still working towards the ‘bigger picture’ with his side.

Southgate said: “I’ve got to not overreact to those things and I have got to be there to support them in what is a difficult moment for everybody.

“It was tough to take in the end. You get to a semi-final, another semi-final, it should be a positive, but of course everyone leaves even more deflated.

“I can understand that but I have to look at the bigger picture of what the players have given me and the way that they’ve tried incredibly for their country.”

England will be looking to finish their summer on a high
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Switzerland vs England: Squads and team news

Southgate plans to ring the changes, with defender Stones’ role under scrutiny.

Manchester City centre-back Stones was culpable for two of the Dutch goals on Thursday, outmuscled by Matthijs De Ligt at a corner and then later robbed by Memphis Depay as he dithered on the ball, while also playing Barkley into trouble ahead of the third.

Stones had a night to forget in Guimares
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Confirmed teams

Switzerland: Sommer; Schar, Akanji, Elvedi; Mbabu, Xhaka, Freuler, Rodriguez; Shaqiri, Seferovic, Fernandes.

England XI: Pickford; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Maguire, Rose; Dier, Delph; Lingard, Dele, Sterling; Kane.

Tony Cascarino tells England defender John Stones: You’re not Bobby Moore, so don’t try to play like him

8 Jun

Tony Cascarino has slammed John Stones for overplaying during England’s 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands on Thursday night.
The Three Lions collapsed in extra-time of the Nations League semi-final, with John Stones and Ross Barkley making costly errors while trying to play out from the back.

Cascarino sent a fiery message to Stones
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Questions have been raised against Gareth Southgate’s possession-based philosophy – and Cascarino argues Stones does not have the ability to play in this system.
“The biggest problem I had with him was trying to nutmeg a Holland player in his own 18-yard box,” the talkSPORT host said.
“You’re not Bobby Moore and you’re not Franz Beckenbauer. They were the top footballing defenders at playing out from the back over the last few decades. Ronald Koeman could do it.

“If you’re going to decide to try and nutmeg someone in your own 18-yard box, that’s being negligent.”
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher also criticised Stones for his ‘stupid’ decision making.
He said: “The goals never came from risks, or playing out from the back, they came from stupid decisions.
“That [the error] is stupid. He’s made a stupid mistake and a stupid decision.

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“That’s nothing to do with playing out from the back. Pass it to your goalkeeper and make another angle.
“As a centre back, you play what’s on. You’re taught from a very young age, play the way you’re facing.
“When you’re facing your goalkeeper and there’s nothing on, you start again.
“It’s not about playing or playing wrong. Forget this talk about playing out from the back [being wrong].”

Netherlands 3-1 England (aet): Gareth Southgate defends John Stones after error and says Three Lions will NOT change playing style

7 Jun

Gareth Southgate has no plans to change England’s style of play despite mistakes at the back resulting in a defeat to the Netherlands in Thursday’s Nations League semi-final.

John Stones’ error on the edge of his own box began the Three Lions’ extra-time downfall in Guimaraes, with Kyle Walker putting the ball in his own net after his Manchester City team-mate cheaply gave away possession.

Stones kept hold of the ball for far too long, and such a poor decision cost England dearly
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Quiny Promes rounded off the Dutch’s 3-1 victory soon after, as Ross Barkley played him in with a dreadful backpass, but Stones error was the turning point.

Nonetheless, he retains the backing of Southgate – who also promised there would be no compromises on England’s decision to play out of the back.

“I think we’ve had some players who, at the end of the season, have found it difficult in terms of amount of minutes on the pitch – and others having the complete opposite,” said Southgate.

“I think fatigue has played a part tonight, a lack of match sharpness. I’m asking them to play in a way that puts them under huge pressure at the back.

“If we didn’t play that way, we wouldn’t have got to the semi-finals we’ve got to, and we would never progress to being a top team because you saw the way Holland played that way as well.

“They also made a really poor error at the back. But I have got to be there to support John because he’s going to get criticism after tonight.

“But himself and Harry [Maguire], the way we ask them to play, they take huge strain of the game on their shoulders and they’re incredibly courageous to do that.

“So, that’s the way I believe they can play and we should play, and we didn’t lose because of how we wanted to play. The errors were uncharacteristic, really, and not errors that we would make.

“I’ve got to not overreact to those things and I have got to be there to support them in what is a difficult moment for everybody.”

Ross Barkley made his own mistake soon after Stones to help the Netherlands increase their lead
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England headed into the match hoping to face Portugal in Sunday’s final and looked on course for a shot at their first trophy in 53 years as Southgate’s side reacted well to Matthijs De Ligt cancelling out Marcus Rashford’s first-half penalty.

Jesse Lingard thought he had filled the role of super-sub as he coolly turned home in the 83rd minute but joy quickly turned to despair as the Video Assistant Referee ruled out the strike for a narrow offside.

The frustration continued to grow as extra-time came around, however, with the two mistakes ensuring England remain without a final appearance since 1966.

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Southgate went on to explain the reasoning behind his decision to leave all seven players involved in last Saturday’s Champions League final on the bench.

Liverpool trio Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold were joined in the dugout by Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Danny Rose of Tottenham.

“In terms of the individual players, they weren’t ready to start the game,” he added. “We wanted some young players to have the experience of a night like tonight, and they deserve that experience because they’ve been playing well.

“You can look in hindsight at some of those decisions, but we started and finished with the right people on the pitch.”

Netherlands 3-1 England (AET): Jamie Carragher slams ‘stupid’ John Stones and defends Gareth Southgate’s philosophy

7 Jun

Jamie Carragher insists England should continue to play out from the back after John Stones and Ross Barkley made calamitous mistakes in the 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands.

The Three Lions went crashing out of the Nations League after conceding two disastrous goals in extra-time.

Stones gifted the ball to Depay
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Stones inexplicably dawdled on the ball before Barkley horribly misplaced a pass in his own box.

The Dutch profited from both errors, with Kyle Walker inadvertently turning into his own net and Quincy Promes scoring, and questions have been raised against Gareth Southgate’s possession-at-all-costs philosophy.

But Carragher was quick to highlight that both goals were the result of individual errors, rather than a problem with the system.

He told Sky Sports: “The goals never came from risks, or playing out from the back, they came from stupid decisions.
“Do we just want Harry Maguire to lump it there?

Barkley was dejected after the third goal went in
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“That [the error] is stupid. He’s made a stupid mistake and a stupid decision.

“That’s nothing to do with playing out from the back. Pass it to your goalkeeper and make another angle.
“As a centre back, you play what’s on. You’re taught from a very young age, play the way you’re facing.

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“When you’re facing your goalkeeper and there’s nothing on, you start again.

“It’s not about playing or playing wrong. Forget this talk about playing out from the back [being wrong].”
Marcus Rashford had put England in front from the penalty spot following a clumsy challenge from Matthijs de Ligt, before the highly-rated Dutchman atoned for his error with a bullet header in the second-half.

Promes celebrates the third Dutch goal
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The Three Lions thought they had won it when Jesse Lingard slotted home in the latter stages of normal time, but replays showed he was a whisker offside and the goal was chalked off by VAR.
The defeat will feel all too familiar for England fans, who will remember their side taking the lead against Croatia before losing the 2018 World Cup semi-final after extra-time.
Gareth Southagte’s men will now face Switzerland in a battle for third place on Sunday, while the Netherlands and Portugal compete to become the first ever Nations League champions.

Netherlands 3-1 England: Dutch fans sing ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’ to English supporters

6 Jun

Netherlands fans enjoyed the moment as they beat England 3-1 in their UEFA Nations League semi-final on Thursday night.

The Three Lions led from a first-half Marcus Rashford penalty, however conceded an equaliser from Matthijs de Ligt before two calamitous defensive errors settled the tie.

Ross Barkley was dejected after the third goal went in
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In extra time, John Stones gave the ball away while trying to play out from the back, allowing Quincy Promes a chance which forced a Kyle Walker own goal.

Then, a misplaced pass from Ross Barkley allowed Promes to bag the third himself.

As the celebrations died down from the conclusive final goal, the travelling Dutch supporters gave their England counterparts a mocking rendition of Monty Python’s ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’ in perfect English.

You can read a round-up of the social media reaction below.

Netherlands 3-1 England (AET): Three Lions capitulate in extra-time to go crashing out of Nations League

6 Jun

England went crashing out of the Nations League after a total collapse in extra-time of their semi-final against the Netherlands.

With the scores level at full-time, calamitous mistakes from John Stones and Ross Barkley gifted the Dutch a 3-1 victory.

Stones gifted the ball to Depay
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Marcus Rashford had put England in front from the penalty spot following a clumsy challenge from Matthjis de Ligt, before the highly-rated Dutchman atoned for his error with a bullet header in the second-half.

The Three Lions thought they had won it when Jesse Lingard slotted home in the latter stages of normal time, but replays showed he was a whisker offside and the goal was chalked off by VAR.

The defeat will feel all too familiar for England fans, who will remember their side taking the lead against Croatia before losing the 2018 World Cup semi-final after extra-time.

Gareth Southagte’s men will now face Switzerland in a battle for third place on Sunday, while the Netherlands and Portugal compete to become the first ever Nations League champions.

More to follow…