Ashley Cole "doesn’t like" Trent Alexander-Arnold in current England position

Ashley Cole feels Gareth Southgate is not getting the best out of Trent Alexander-Arnold in his new position for England.

The Liverpool defender was utilised as a right wing-back in a 3-4-3 formation during the 2-1 win over Belgium on Sunday.

Alexander-Arnold, 22, was actually one of three right-backs included in the starting XI, with Kyle Walker operating as one of the back three, while Kieran Tripper was wing-back on the opposite flank.

But former Three Lions' left-back Cole believes Alexander-Arnold's talents are wasted in that system.

"I don’t like to see him playing as a wing-back,” the ex- Chelsea and England star told Sky Sports . "He’s better-suited playing from deeper and arriving into areas.

"With [Alexander-Arnold] coming into that space, you start to see his range of crosses and passing. He did most of his work chasing the left wing-back, trying to get in behind him, which I don't think suits him."

Alexander-Arnold's attacking prowess has been clear to see as right-back at Liverpool, where he racked up the second-highest number of assists in the Premier League last season.

But he was eventually subbed off during the narrow win over Belgium, with Chelsea's Reece James coming on to replace him with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Southgate has often chopped and change his formation but it appears the three-man defence is here to stay.

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Speaking in the days prior to the Belgium clash, Southgate said: "We feel it suits the personnel that we’ve got very strongly and we think it also gives us strength in depth if we have problems losing players.

"It means in certain positions on the field there will be really, really intense competition for places, but we need that.

"The players in the end are going to fight it out whereas a little bit in the 4-3-3 in two or three positions we are quite light of depth and if we have one injury or two injuries we are really short.

"Part of our thinking is in that depth of talent in all of the positions.”

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