Despite the the two centre backs having an absolute nightmare against Kosovo – Trent Alexander-Arnold was in impressive form. The Scouse full back showed great vision, a range of passing and recovery pace as England beat Kosovo 5-3.
After the game, much of the focus was on the poor form of Michael Keane and Harry Maguire but ITV pundit Lee Dixon took the time to highlight Trent’s importance to the side.
Dixon, who made 616 appearances for Arsenal, was also a right back. The former Gooner earned 22 caps for England. Speaking on ITV he said: “in the squad these two [Alexander-Arnold and Chilwell] are the best for me”. With Kyle Walker out of the squad, the competition for right back was between Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier. The Spurs full back got the nod against Bulgaria but was replaced for last night’s game against Kosovo.
However, the retired Gunner believes that Trent still has some work to do, adding that the Liverpool player and the rest of the England back line have still “got to nail down the basics of what they’re in the team for and that’s to stop the ball going in the net”.
When Walker is back in the England squad there is no telling where Trent will figure in Gareth Southgate’s plans. If we are going off recent performances, the Anfield academy product has to be the three Lions’ first choice. He broke the record for assists in a Premier League season by a defender last year and has much more to his game than Walker and Trippier. Have either of his competitors pocked Cristiano Ronaldo when they were 19?