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‘John Stones tribute act’ – National media disagree over Trent Alexander-Arnold after England win



The Liverpool vice-captain was used at full-back for England during their 1-0 win over Australia

Trent Alexander-Arnold returned to right-back for England as they beat Australia 1-0 in a drab affair at Wembley.

The Liverpool vice-captain has often found himself at a crossroads in Gareth Southgate’s plans due to the embarrassment of riches at right-back for England.

The Three Lions head coach opted to field the 25-year-old in centre midfield in his last two outings against Malta and North Macedonia – where he registered a goal and an assist, respectively

But he returned to the back four in an uneventful encounter where Ollie Watkins scored the only goal of the game in a much-rotated England side. Former Reds captain Jordan Henderson was subject to boos as he was replaced by Kieran Trippier on the hour mark.

Alexander-Arnold received mixed reviews in national media as he looked to bring his influential Liverpool performances onto the international stage.

The Evening Standard was critical of the Reds defender in his modern role, claiming he was “too keen” to step into midfield which put AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori under pressure.

Handing him a six out of 10, they wrote: “Early on, Alexander-Arnold was too keen to slip into midfield that he left Fikayo Tomori to cover right-back as well as his own position.

“His first-time ball created England’s goal.”

Alexander-Arnold played a key role in the only goal of the game for England as they avoided a repeat of their 2003 defeat to Australia. His first time pass found Jack Grealish at the back post who fired across the face of goal for Watkins to stab home.

Mail Online made a strange claim that the Liverpool defender did his “John Stones tribute act” by bringing his new inverted role from Anfield to Wembley.

Rated as a seven out of 10, adding: “Did his John Stones tribute act by stepping into midfield from right back –extraordinary pass to Grealish to set up Watkins goal.”

The Telegraph pained a simple reflection of his performance at right-back, writing: “Without the ball he was in his right-back position but in possession played as an “inverted full-back” in the middle of the park and tried to pick out passes,” rating Alexander-Arnold’s performance as a six out of 10.

Meanwhile, the Express raved over his display citing the Liverpool man was at the “centre of everything”. They wrote: “Alexander-Arnold was at the centre of everything positive for England.

“Moving into midfield from right-back, several creative passes helped the Three Lions mount dangerous attacks,” rating him among the highest rated with Watkins scooping the Player of the Match award.

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