England cruised to a 4-0 victory over Bulgaria at the weekend. A hat-trick from Harry Kane and a poacher’s finish from Raheem Sterling saw Gareth Southgate’s side cruise to victory against a lacklustre Bulgarian side.
Jordan Henderson was the only Liverpool player to start in the England team. Despite walking to victory, Southgate needs to learn an important lesson from the game.
One seemingly innocuous incident from the match should be seen as a key moment for the England manager. Henderson sprayed a first time ball out to the right, an inch-perfect pass for Trent Alexander-Arnold. There was one problem with this pass: Kieran Trippier was playing instead of Trent.
The former Spurs full-back was nowhere to be seen and the ball bobbled out for a Bulgarian throw. Many will say this was careless from the Liverpool captain and a stupid mistake to make. The error was picking Trippier over Alexander-Arnold.
The Scouse full-back was named in the Champions League squad of the season and the PFA team of the year. Jordan Henderson lifted the Champions League in June. The duo have an almost telepathic understanding.
The Reds captain’s wayward ball showed that he wants to bring Liverpool’s relentlessness to the England team. His first-time pass showed intent, encouraging a full back to run on and not let Bulgaria rest, stretching the play in the process.
With the Liverpool pair boasting the most chemistry in the national side and playing such intense attacking club football, to not play them together in the England team is careless of Southgate.