During England’s penalty shootout win over Switzerland yesterday, Martin Tyler made a frankly bizarre comment about Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The youngster was the best player on the field, but following an early mistake, the veteran commentator questioned if the 20-year-old is good enough for this level of football.
Where do we begin with that one?!
Trent was voted into the Team of the Season in both the Premier League and the Champions League, winning the latter and coming within a point of securing the former…
So is he good enough for a glorified end of season friendly competition?
Yes – he is!
Liverpool fans on Twitter made their thoughts very clear, too.
The pedestal international football continues to be placed upon is bemusing. Martin Tyler essentially asking if Trent Alexander-Arnold can make the ‘step up’ to this stage. He’s just been an integral part of the side who won the Champions League, a far tougher competition.
— Kristian Walsh (@Kristian_Walsh) June 9, 2019
I honestly think Martin Tyler's just got too old to be commentating on football matches now. He's 73 and you can tell. Used to be excellent, in my opinion.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) June 9, 2019
Martin Tyler suggesting live in air that 19 year old, 2 time champions league finalist and one time winner, premier league assist king Trent Alexander Arnold isn’t good enough for England. How is this man still getting paid. Get him gone
— Callum Wright (@CallumWright__) June 9, 2019
Voted best RB in the league
One of the best RB’s around
European Cup winner
Back to back European Cup finals
Lost one game in the league
Most assists for a fullback
Third most assists 18/19
20 years of age
Martin Tyler: Is he good enough for this level?
— Ash (@Ash93LFC) June 9, 2019
Is Alexander Arnold good enough to play at International level? YES.
Is Martin Tyler capable of commentating without being biased. (doing his job) NO.
— Freddy Krueger's Nan (@krueger_nan) June 9, 2019
It’s genuinely quite weird how often Tyler disrespects Liverpool or our players, either through flat commentary during goals or strange analysis.
There’s been countless examples of the years, but it seems to have got more profound recently.
In all honesty though, it doesn’t really matter.