Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harry Kane ‘could both play for BRAZIL’, according to 2002 World Cup legend Roberto Carlos… who calls on Gareth Southgate to start the Liverpool defender
Roberto Carlos has said Gareth Southgate should start Trent Alexander-Arnold for England – and that he’s one of two England players good enough to play for Brazil.
The 2002 World Cup winner holds the English game in high esteem, choosing to watch teams across the Premier League – and even Championship sides like West Brom and Birmingham City – from his home in Madrid, Spain.
And while he naturally backs his own country to fare well at the World Cup in Qatar, 20 years after being part of Brazil’s last World Cup success, the FIFA ambassador thinks England are another team to watch out for.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is good enough to play for Brazil, according to legend Roberto Carlos
Carlos, who also works as a FIFA ambassador, believes Harry Kane could play for Brazil too
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Carlos said Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold’s attacking qualities meant he had to start for Southgate’s England. ‘He has to be there – because he’s among the best ones,’ the 49-year-old said.
He added that Alexander-Arnold and England captain Harry Kane are worthy enough to pull on Brazil’s famous yellow jersey.
Carlos said: ‘Kane is a good player too. You have a good team, not just in terms of names but in terms of players who have trained well and are ready to play at a World Cup – or to play for the Brazilian national team.
‘I’d say those two [Kane and Alexander-Arnold], but there are more. There’s a lot of quality [in the team]. You have a lot of quality.’
England captain Kane has been hailed as a ‘good player’ by 2002 World Cup winner Carlos
He revealed his favourite English team to follow is Arsenal – perhaps not that surprising given their quartet of Brazilians. Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Marquinhos all play for the Gunners this season.
The call-up of Martinelli to the World Cup squad has caused a lot of debate among Brazil’s fans and pundits, especially as it seems to have come at the expense of Flamengo’s star man Gabigol, as previously reported by Sportsmail.
A new documentary to be aired this weekend on Sky – Brazil 2002: The Real Story – attempts to explore how Carlos and his teammates led their country to glory two decades ago at the first Asian World Cup held in Japan and South Korea. The second Asian World Cup is now just over a week away from commencing.
Carlos now works with FIFA in an ambassadorial role, and so naturally was asked about the criticism of hosting the tournament in Qatar, in regard to their human rights record. Carlos said: ‘I think Qatar is going to welcome the players and the tourists with open arms, and prove once again that there are no barriers in football’.
Brazil – sans Kane and Alexander-Arnold – begin their campaign against Serbia on November 24.
Carlos, centre, was part of the last Brazil side to win the World Cup trophy twenty years ago