Trent Alexander-Arnold discusses his disappointment at losing 1-0 to Belgium in the final game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stages.
When it emerged on Thursday afternoon that Trent would be starting his first game for the England squad, there was nothing but positivity on social media, commending the young fullback on his first full cap.
England might have lost to Belgium, but I thought Trent performed admirably and gave a good account of himself. He displayed the positivity on the ball that brought him so much success for Liverpool last season and delivered several good balls into the box from set-pieces.
When speaking to ITV after the game, however, the Academy graduate revealed he was gutted to have lost the game despite England still making it to the Round of 16.
“Everyone is disappointed now,” Trent said. “You don’t want to see smiles in the changing rooms. You want to win every game.
“I’m very disappointed [because] we came into the game wanting to win it, obviously we never won it, but we are still in the round of 16 and something to look forward to.
“They controlled a lot of possession. We had our chances and never took them. Equally, they had one big chance and they took it. It was a good goal at the end of the day.
“We can only regret the chances we didn’t take. But we are in the round of 16, out the group stages, which was the first objective for the team.”
“There are no easy games ahead of us,” Trent said, with many on social media happy about the Three Lions knockout stages opponents.
“It will be very tough. If you look back to the last World Cup, they did unbelievably well. They have shown in this World Cup that they can bounce back from a defeat and win games. It is not going to be easy at all.”