By Pranav Shahaney

5th Sep, 2021 | 1:30pm

West Ham ace Declan Rice may lose England spot to Trent Alexander-Arnold

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is at risk of losing his international spot if Trent Alexander-Arnold excels in a midfield role for England.

According to The Telegraph, the Liverpool right-back is likely to return in a new midfield role for the Three Lions against Andorra later today (Sunday).

This could see Rice making way for the 22-year-old and should the Anfield ace put in a good shift, Gareth Southgate may look to fancy a change at the heart of his midfield.

One major criticism of the Three Lions at Euro 2020 was that there was very little creativity which led to them registering a low xG count in a number of games.

A midfield of Kalvin Phillips and Rice was viewed as static, albeit defensively solid, and against teams that are expected to sit back, Southgate may look to omit one of them.

Of the two, Rice is the more defensive-minded player and Phillips is used to play as a lone midfielder for Leeds United.

If Alexander-Arnold puts in a good performance later today and in the coming games he starts, he could put in a decent case to replace Rice which would be a major blow for the Hammers star.

There’s nothing wrong with the way Rice has played for England, but this is purely down to playing philosophies and what Southgate wants from his midfielders.

It remains to be seen whether or not he starts later today along with Alexander-Arnold or if he’s replaced by the Liverpool man.

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