ENGLAND fans have criticized Gary Neville for saying Trent Alexander-Arnold should have been used against the USA.
The Three Lions suffered a dismal 0-0 draw against their transatlantic cousins in Qatar on Friday night.
And the result served as a warning to fans still raving about Monday’s 6-2 win over Iran.
Gareth Southgate played his cards close to his chest against the Americans, using just three of his five available substitutes.
Players like Phil Foden and Callum Wilson remained on the bench despite England’s chances.
But pundit Neville believes Liverpool ace Alexander-Arnold should have gotten a nod tonight.
This is despite being a vocal critic of his fellow right-back in the past.
And England fans have now lashed out at Neville for changing his tune just WEEKS after claiming Southgate “can’t trust” Alexander-Arnold in Qatar.
Neville said after the game: “I’m a bit torn because I have a lot of respect for Gareth Southgate and what he has achieved – he has achieved more than any manager since Sir Alf Ramsey.
“But we have a couple of talents that were on the bench in Trent Alexander-Arnold and Phil Foden who, in terms of opening a game…
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“Trent has one of the best deliveries you will ever see from a full-back.
“The two on the bench you’re a little disappointed in trying to win a game are world-class talent.
“I think Gareth is worried [Trent] defensively, but if we’re not confident in using him against the USA when we need a goal…
“Other countries like Spain, Brazil and France would have Trent and Foden in their starting XI.
“I get it a little bit when I’m defending Trent, but in a game like this where we’re lacking in creativity, you think ‘those two players should be there’.”
This prompted fans to lash out online, with one saying: “The audacity of Neville demanding that Trent be played.
More U-turns than Boris Johnson
“He spent four years belittling him, and more than anyone created the mythical ‘understanding’ that Trent is a terrible defender.”
Another wrote: “Neville now says Trent should have come. Hmm, more U-turns than Boris Johnson.”
One explained: “Neville spent six months telling us Trent shouldn’t be in the squad but now he’s moaning about not playing!”
Another added: “Neville’s flip flop over Trent is embarrassing at this point.”
Just this month, Neville said of Trent Alexander-Arnold: “It’s really difficult because his brilliance in the future is out of this world.
“How will England win or lose at the World Cup? It’s going to be a moment and at this point I can’t see Gareth going into a knockout game with Trent at the Worlds.
“I want this player to be the best right-back of all time, but sometimes today he looked like he could have cost Liverpool.
“I think he’ll give away a penalty at the World Cup. I don’t think Gareth will trust him in a knockout game and that could affect his decision to go or not.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6769932/gary-neville-trent-alexander-arnold-england-usa-fans/ Gary Neville has been slammed by fans for saying England should have brought Trent Alexander-Arnold into a dismal draw in the United States