Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold picked up three assists in England’s win over San Marino – but Lee Dixon wasn’t all that impressed with him.
Alexander-Arnold may be a Liverpool hero, but his role with England is far from secure.
Reece James is emerging as one of the top wing backs around, whilst Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier are in the mix too.
Alexander-Arnold was given a start against San Marino on Monday, meaning he was given a chance to shine against lowly opposition.
Yet midway through the second half, Alexander-Arnold was being criticised by pundit Dixon.
Speaking to ITV Sport, (15/11, 9:05pm), Dixon suggested that Alexander-Arnold’s body language was ‘not great’ against San Marino.
Dixon felt that Alexander-Arnold had a ‘difficult evening’ and was trying too hard amid suggestions that his England spot was in question.
“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,” he added.
Alexander-Arnold stayed on the pitch and made Dixon eat his words.
The Liverpool star picked up three assists to seal a 10-0 win.
First, Alexander-Arnold crossed for Tyrone Mings to score. He then picked out Tammy Abraham for a smart finish, before crossing for Bukayo Saka to head in number 10.
Alexander-Arnold’s crossing is just so good, and even if James is in red-hot form right now, the Liverpool ace deserves his spot in the England squad.