Trent Alexander-Arnold reacted on behalf of the nation on Tuesday night as England booked their place in the World Cup quarter-finals.
A historic penalty shoot-out triumph over Colombia injected ironic optimism among fans with a justified belief that a spot in the final is now possible.
Eric Dier’s calm spot-kick sealed a memorable win after goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had put his side in the driving seat with a stunning one-handed save to deny Carlos Bacca.
The scenes of jubilation that followed entailed a warm embrace between club rivals Alexander-Arnold and Jesse Lingard, with the Liverpool man producing his international teammate’s familiar hand gesture.
‘It’s coming home’ was the message from the Reds defender as England set up a meeting with Sweden on Saturday.
Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold know how it is…👊🦁
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Dier’s winning effort warranted wild scenes from his teammates, including a sigh of relief from Jordan Henderson after his unfortunate penalty miss.
The Liverpool skipper deservedly evaded shootout heartbreak having admirably shouldered the responsibility after a gruelling 120 minutes of football.
It’s now onto the Samara Arena for England, where they will meet a stern Swedish side in a bid to make it into the final four.
Trent believes, and so do we.