Gareth Southgate has admitted he is trying to find a way to maximise Trent Alexander-Arnold’s impact with England.

The Liverpool right-back has been sensational at club level, earning a reputation as perhaps the country’s best passer and undoubtedly one of the game’s top creators, but that has not translated to the international stage and Alexander-Arnold has even struggled to hold down a regular place in Southgate’s lineup.

He played 62 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Hungary and was an unused substitute in the Germany draw before leaving the camp to enjoy a well-earned rest, meaning he will not feature against Italy on Saturday.

In the build-up to the game, Southgate acknowledged the ongoing struggle he has when it comes to the Liverpool defender.

“Trent’s a fantastic player, I don’t think anybody has ever heard me say differently,” Southgate said.

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