Gary Lineker has claimed that England need to find a way to try fit both Chelsea’s Reece James and Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold in the same XI.

Blues defender James was massively impressive last night in England’s Nations League fixture against Denmark, albeit the match ended in a 1-0 defeat and he was sent off after the final whistle for descent.

Gareth Southgate’s side played with a man less for two-thirds of the contest following Harry Maguire’s dismissal for two bookings and Christian Eriksen’s penalty gave the visitors the win at Wembley Stadium.

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Aside from losing his cool at the end of the game, James certainly made the most of his first start for England’s senior national team.

The 20-year-old slotted into a right wing-back position so effortlessly for the Three Lions and he was arguably the most creative threat, as he put some eye-catching crosses into the box and also went close from a free-kick effort.

England legend Lineker said after the match on Twitter that Southgate should try find room for the Chelsea youngster in his side moving forward.

He’s suggested moving first-choice right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold into midfield due to his quality on the ball and that would open up a door to start James as well.


James was only drafted into the senior England squad as a late call-up this month, but he’s done enough to earn his first three caps and he looked the part during his start against Denmark when others around him faltered.

It seems remarkable that people are suggesting possibly moving Alexander-Arnold to accommodate James, as the Liverpool man has been one of the world’s best right-backs during the last two years and he’s aged just 22.

Southgate has a serious job on his hands trying to work out a best XI and it’s no secret there are three of four top quality options he can select at right-back, but that’s not the same case in midfield.

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