Keane claims Trent Alexander Arnold has been 'found out' after Denmark draw

Keane claims Trent Alexander Arnold has been 'found out' after Denmark draw

Roy Keane has claimed that "England's Trent Alexander Arnold has been "found out" after their drab 1-1 draw with Denmark in the Euros on Thursday evening.

The Three Lions took the lead through Harry Kane in the first half, but Denmark replied with a Morten Hjulmand strike near the end of the first 45.

England huffed and puffed in the second half and could have won it with a late Ollie Watkins effort, but the Aston Villa striker was denied. The game eventually ended 1-1 with more questions and few answers for Gareth Southgate and co.

One of those questions has been, "Why has Southgate played a right-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold, in midfield?" "Why are there no runners in behind?" and "Is Declan Rice as good as the other midfielders from other top nations like Spain, Italy, Germany, France, etc.?"

Keane, speaking on ITV after the game, questioned the decision by Southgate to play Trent in midfield when he's not a natural there while also having natural midfielders on the bench.

"When you've been taken off in the two games, that's not a good sign. I thought it was always a huge gamble when you play a player who doesn't play that position week in, week out for his club.

"I know people say he drifts in there for Liverpool, but drifting into a position and starting there is completely different. I've played in midfield; it's a tough position physically, getting your distances. He has come up short in the two games.

"It's not all down to him; you'd have to put this probably on Gareth [Southgate]. It's a huge gamble to throw a fullback in the middle of the park.

"This is not against the French or the Spanish; obviously, they've got tougher tests ahead against them or Germany. This was against two teams where you'd expect England would be fairly comfortable and have a lot of possession.

"It's a big ask for him, and he's not up to it."

Keane then went into detail about England's ability to keep the ball, dictate tempo, and dominate games, and claimed the Liverpool player had been "found out" in the middle of the park.

"When you talk about what you do in possession, it's really important against the better teams what you do out of possession. That's why he has been thrown in at the deep end. Okay, he's going to be comfortable on the ball; if you give him time, he can see a pass, there's no doubting that.

"But it's the other bits of his game. Even for [Declan] Rice, Rice feels like he's almost babysitting him out there. You can't do that at this level; you will be found out and he has been."

England's next game will be against Slovenia on Tuesday.