Trent Alexander-Arnold watch: How did the youngster do on his World Cup debut?

first_imgAlexander-Arnold’s improving crosses were causing more problems on 34 minutes – this time with a corner from the left – but Ruben Loftus-Cheek headed just wide of the goal.The Red Devils had the better of the latter stages of the first-half and Alexander-Arnold was guilty of losing his man but Hazard was unable to take advantage of a ball that fell to him in the box. Had it been the other Hazard (Eden), it may have been a different story.He was also the victim of a fine piece of skill from Mousa Dembele which led to some some ironic cheers from the Kaliningrad Stadium crowd.It was a decent first-half from Alexander-Arnold who earned plenty of praise on Twitter for his display. Both managers made multiple changes for this game safe in the knowledge that their sides were already through to the knockout stages.One player Gareth Soutgate gave the nod to was Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold as the 19-year-old made just his second start for the England senior squad.But how did Alexander-Arnold perform throughout the match in Kaliningrad?talkSPORT.com cast an expert eye over Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold, and you can see his performance analysed below… Trent Alexander-Arnold’s been England’s best player in this first half.— Emma Sanders (@em_sandy) June 28, 2018The second-half saw Januzaj give Belgium the lead with a wonderful curling strike from the right.Moments later, Alexander-Arnold had a chance to level the game with a free-kick in a dangerous area and Liverpool fans will remember the goal he scored during their Champions League qualifying game at Hoffenheim in August 2017.However, there was no luck from the dead ball this time as Alexander-Arnold disappointingly launched his free-kick straight at the wall.And Alexander-Arnold’s level really dropped after that delivering a number of bad balls and this attracted plenty of criticism on social media. 3 3 It was a big night for Alexander-Arnold who was making his World Cup debut Alexander-Arnold’s corners make me miss Kane’s corners from Euro 2016— Simply (@Simply_Spurs) June 28, 2018 3 Alexander-Arnold was put against the potentially dangerous Thorgan Hazard and made a steady start despite some early Belgium pressure.However, the Liverpool youngster came alive on 13 minutes when the ball was played down the line and the right-back delivered a searching cross into the box but Jamie Vardy was unable to fully get on the end of it.On 26 minutes, Alexander-Arnold was needed desperately at the back – clearing Marouane Fellaini’s goalbound effort the ball off the line expertly following a Belgian set piece.The youngster found yet more joy down that wing as Hazard showed an unwillingness to do his defensive duties and Alexander-Arnold’s menacing cross nearly dropped all the way into the net but the ball did not dip quite enough. England will play Colombia in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup after they lost 1-0 to Belgium in their final group game.A lovely strike from Adnan Januzaj early in the second-half was the only goal of the game as the Red Devils face Japan in their last 16 match. Obvious positives are Alexander-Arnold and Rose, who is surely pushing Young to start in the round of 16. #eng— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) June 28, 2018 Trent Alexander Arnold has been absolutely dreadful. Looked suspect in defence and his corners haven’t even got past the first man— WILL BRAY © (@willsbray01) June 28, 2018 Januzaj cut inside before brilliantly bending the ball into the top corner Alexander-Arnold was given the job of marking Thorgan Hazard – brother of Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard Trent Alexander-Arnold has the delivery skills of a postman….who is on strike!Get him off the corners.— Yonny1975 (@Yonny1975) June 28, 2018The game somewhat passed the youngster by late in the game and Alexander-Arnold was replaced by Danny Welbeck in the 79th minute as England searched for an equaliser.Overall, Alexander-Arnold gave a reasonable account of himself. He did not look out of place in the slightest in the first-half, however, he will be disappointed with his performance after the break as well as his inability to produce consistently good deliveries from set pieces.He has played better in a Liverpool shirt so will perhaps feel he could have hurt the Belgian back line more effectively in the game.It’s unlikely he will start in the Three Lions’ next game as first choice right-back Kieran Trippier has been outstanding so far.last_img read more