Ashley Cole disagrees with Alan Shearer and Ian Wright over Reece James

    Ashley Cole disagrees with Alan Shearer and Ian Wright over Reece James    

Ashley Cole disagrees with Alan Shearer and Ian Wright over Reece James

Ashley Cole has disagreed with Alan Shearer over one particular Chelsea star.

During Match of the Day on Sunday night, the BBC pundits discussed the starting XI Gareth Southgate should go with at this summer’s Euro 2020.

And Shearer managed to commit Chelsea star Reece James from his line-up, despite the right-back having an excellent season for the Blues.

Shearer decided upon an XI of Jordan Pickford, Trent Alexander-Arnold, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.

He reasoned: “I went for Pickford in goal and then obviously the back four, and there’s going to be a big decision for Gareth to make in his squad in terms of the right-back position because of the quality we’ve got in that decision.

“Alexander-Arnold would be the one I would go for.”

Ian Wright added: “I kind of want to put Kalvin Phillips there because we haven’t seen enough of Henderson. I’d put Kalvin Phillips there. I’d have Trent in there as well.”

But Chelsea legend Cole wasn’t having any of the Alexander-Arnold talk, claiming James should be included. He said: “The quality of players that Gareth has at his disposal is unbelievable.

“We didn’t even talk about Reece James. Could you play three at the back with Reece playing and Trent a little bit further up the pitch?

“Mount, Foden, Jadon Sancho too – so much quality there so it is going to be a headache but what a problem for Gareth to have!”

The Alexander-Arnold vs James debate is one that has rumbled on for some time, but James has enjoyed the better season of the two with Chelsea leading Liverpool in the race for fourth, also claiming a Champions League final spot.

As Cole eludes to, however, there is also the option of playing Alexander-Arnold on the wing, though Southgate might just have too many impressive midfield and forward options to squeeze an extra full-back in this summer, particularly out of position.

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