Trent Alexander-Arnold was awarded Man of the Match for England last night, as Gareth Southgate’s side cruised to a 3-0 victory over USA at Wembley.
The 20-year-old right-back scored a peach of a goal in the first-half, before bombing forward continuously in the second and repeatedly getting behind the American defence.
On many occasions, he was actually England’s most advanced player and the stats showed he was the most involved, too – having 111 touches of the ball throughout the 90 minutes.
Former Liverpool and England star Jamie Redknapp lauded Trent after the game, noting his strong attributes and predicting a very exciting future.
“He is such a good footballer,” Redknapp told Sky Sports, cited by the official website.
“The way he passes the ball; a good player passes it with pace and purpose, because they know the quicker you get it to someone, the more time they’ve got. That’s what he does so well.
“It’s effortless for him. He might make mistakes, he might get in the wrong position now and then, but he’s got blistering pace.
“He’s got it all, this young man. From what I can gather, he’s got a level head, a good family around him. He’s going to go right to the top.”
On many occasions v USA, Trent was actually quite sloppy and messed up his final ball – but his ability to get in the right position and offer himself to attackers was remarkable.
Rarely have we seen such an offensive performance from a young fullback at international level, in fact.
Once his crossing gets better we’ll have a serious player on our hands. At the moment, his whipped delivery is actually very poor – which is odd considering the technique he possesses.
But at 20, he’s only going to improve and we hope to see some similarly exciting performances when he returns to Liverpool duty in a week’s time.