Trent Alexander-Arnold was initially criticised by Lee Dixon before the Scouser made three assists to round off the San Marino game with a 10-0 scoreline.
After a quiet start to the game, with England cruising thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Harry Maguire, Dixon strangely found the need to take a shot at Trent Alexander-Arnold.
When Reece James was warming up, Dixon predicted Trent would come off.
“We see James getting ready to come on and it looks like Trent Alexander-Arnold might come off,” Dixon said. “His body language is not great. It’s been a difficult evening.
“It looks like he’s just tried a bit too hard. His passing hasn’t been quite right. Been caught in possession a few times. I think it’s only natural with all the speculation of whether he should be in the team or not.”
James was actually subbed on for Kane and not Trent.
Then, on just his 16th start for England, Trent assisted three goals with his incredible technique shining through and Dixon was made to look a fool before he flicked a switch and sang the Liverpool star’s praises.
“We know the quality that Trent Alexander-Arnold’s got,’ Dixon said when he assisted the Mings goal. “It looked a little bit behind him.
“It was a really good header. [He] gets ahead of it and then just waits and guides it into that far corner. The pace of the ball did the job.
“Body language of Trent Alexander-Arnold there, smiling. This is what he can bring to a team.
“Superb quality on the ball putting the ball into the danger area with the right amount of pace, right type of cross. Just a little dink and Saka’s just waiting for it. Defence is all over the shop but the delivery is superb.”
I’m biased as a Liverpool fan, of course, but I genuinely believe that he is the best right-back not just in England but in Europe as well. Trent is a much better defender than he is given credit for and he is more creative than many of England’s midfielders.
What he offers going forward is far more important than what Reece James and Kyle Walker offer at the back, with the Man City man, in particular, quite erratic in defence.
It’s nice that Trent, valued at £67.5m, gets a rest at times during the international break but I’m sure the Liverpool fullback wants to play against the best countries in the world and not the likes of San Marino.