Trent Alexander-Arnold says his recent England performances have been “mediocre”.
He claims that he has not done enough to justify a regular place in the starting line-up.
The Liverpool right-back was dropped from the Three Lions squad in March.
Although he was included in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad, a thigh injury in a warm-up game against Austria caused him to miss the tournament.
Now fit again, Alexander-Arnold is back in the international fold.
He is hoping to do enough to force his way back into Southgate’s starting XI.
Alexander-Arnold England journey
Trent Alexander-Arnold made his England debut against Costa Rica in a World Cup warm-up in June 2018.
He went on to feature at the tournament itself in Russia.
Alexander-Arnold has earned 13 caps to date, scoring once.
He believes his Three Lions form has dipped significantly since a penalty shootout victory over Switzerland in the Nations League third place play-off in June 2019.
“I thought I played really well then, I just couldn’t hit the ground running after that,” he told the Telegraph.
“Otherwise, they have been mediocre performances by my standard, and that’s what I need to improve.”
Such an admission may come to a surprise to Liverpool fans.
They have seen the 22-year-old make the right-back position his own.
He has helped the club win the Premier League and Champions League titles in recent years.
However, unlike at Anfield, Alexander-Arnold faces intense competition at international level.
Right backs Reece James, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier are all at Southgate’s disposal.