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Trent Alexander-Arnold reacts as England beat San Marino

Liverpool sensation Trent Alexander-Arnold was forced to watch his country from afar as England put San Marino to the sword at Wembley last night.

Alexander-Arnold, 22, was omitted from Gareth Southgate’s squad, who on his 50th appearance as England coach, saw his team get their World Cup qualifying campaign off to a winning start.

Instead, Southgate chose to select Reece James, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier over the Liverpool right-back, who will remain at the club’s AXA Training Centre.

Despite the setback, Alexander-Arnold demonstrated why he is a class act and sent out a message on Instagram after the match, expressing his happiness at seeing his international teammates get the job done in the capital.

Southgate attributed his decision to snub Alexander-Arnold down to form, despite recent back-to-back wins and clean sheets for Liverpool.

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Remarkably, since his debut in 2018, Alexander-Arnold has clocked up just 12 England caps – only 10 of which were starts.

He is widely regarded as the best right-back in Europe, while he is identified as the main source of creativity for the reigning Premier League champions. Still, he continues to be overlooked for his country.

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The postponed European Championships haven’t worked in Alexander-Arnold’s favour.

If they took place last summer, he undoubtedly would have been the overwhelming first choice.

Now with the tournament taking place in 2021, Alexander-Arnold’s hopes of making the final 23-man shortlist are precarious, to say the least.

If Liverpool and Alexander-Arnold are to continue building momentum during the final few weeks of the season, then there is still a chance for the defender.

It really would be a footballing tragedy if one of this country’s generational talents were to be overlooked so carelessly.

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