A number of England fans and neutrals took the opportunity to criticise injured star Trent Alexander-Arnold after Gary Lineker tweeted his disappointment at the national side losing the right-back.
The 22-year-old has been ruled out of the competition, with a grade two quad tear putting him doubt to join in with Liverpool’s pre-season plans in July.
Putting aside the fact that a number of opinions grossly oversimplify the fullback’s role and contributions, the stats simply do not support the consensus among some supporters that he’s poor defensively.
The obsession with finding flaws in the No.66’s game is a bit bizarre when one considers that he is objectively one of England’s most talented options.
It’s a massive blow for both the national side and the player who came close to missing out on the Euros in the first place before Gareth Southgate confirmed his selection at the last minute.
Even if it means some still fail to acknowledge his ability, we’re hopeful that Trent’s setback – not to mention the latest batch of critique – will only motivate the fullback to produce his best season yet for Liverpool next year and prove his credentials once again.
You can catch some of the fan reaction below:
I’m sorry but just slinging in crosses from anywhere on the pitch does not make you the best attacking right back in the world. He is given license by Klopp to do that but many managers would not. I don’t think it’s a tactic England want to employ or should employ.
— Richard Jones (@StarJones07) June 3, 2021
Then he comes up against Mbappe, Coman, Hazard, Chiesa and other decent wingers at the Euro’s and defensively messes it up. BuT hE cAn CrOsS a BaLl
— Craig (@CraigCharles23) June 3, 2021
Should’ve never been it in the 1st place shocking season
— DON PABLO (@Pablo___93) June 3, 2021
Opposition left wingers are crying their eyes out too.
— Sav 🖖🏼🇾🇪🏴 (@jonmikesav8) June 4, 2021
The universe knows ball and realised he shouldn’t be in the squad anyway
— Joel 🅙 (@JustCantona) June 3, 2021