Pundit Adrian Clarke has recently talked about Trent Alexander-Arnold’s possible England call-up for the Euros and he believes that it will be a ‘joke’ if Gareth Southgate doesn’t select the right-back.
Clarke appeared as a guest on the latest episode of the Totally Football Show podcast and the panel talked about Liverpool’s dramatic 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion, which saw Alexander-Arnold assist Alisson for a stoppage-time winner.
Clarke talked about the Englishman and he made it clear that Alexander-Arnold came up with supreme accuracy in the goal and if Southgate doesn’t call him up, it would be a criminal decision from the England boss.
Would it be criminal to exclude TAA from the England squad?
Alexander-Arnold picked up a rating of 7.77 against the Baggies, impressing in the win over Manchester United by grabbing a rating of 8.21 too (as per Whoscored).
Clarke said (31:38): “It was a moment of genius [Alisson goal]. It really was but without the pace of the cross and the supreme accuracy from Trent Alexander-Arnold, we’re not talking about this. So his part in that and actually his part in the game the other night at Old Trafford shouldn’t be overlooked.
“It’s been quite a resurrection week for Trent Alexander-Arnold. I mean, if he’s not in the England squad, it’s just criminal, isn’t it? If he’s not in the team, I think it’s a joke.”
TIF Thoughts on Alexander-Arnold…
The Athletic have recently reported that Alexander-Arnold is likely to become a ‘casualty’ for the Euros and he is expected to miss out on potential selection. And it is reportedly inevitable that Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier will be picked as right-back options.
So the signs aren’t great for the Liverpool star and the fact that he may miss out on selection despite impressing in recent games would be disappointing for him. The most he can do is keep improving at a high level to make his way back into the England setup.