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.
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.