Jamie Carragher has hailed the performance of Trent Alexander-Arnold in England’s penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland in the Nations League, describing the full-back’s delivery as ‘Beckham-esque’.
Gareth Southgate’s side finished the tournament in third-place after winning 6-5 on penalties following a goalless draw, with Jordan Pickford saving from Josip Drmic to earn England victory.
Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold was the Three Lions’ stand-out performer, and former England defender Carragher was full of praise for the 20-year-old’s performance.
“The standout one [for England] was Trent [Alexander-Arnold] coming [into the starting XI],” Carragher told Sky Sports. “Maybe he’s in pole position [to keep his place]. You’d expect when the internationals come back around [that he’d be starting] at next season. So, he’s the big winner.
“Let’s not forget that crossing ability he [Southgate] had that in Trippier. It’s just that Trippier’s defensive performances this season have not been up to scratch. That’s what Trent has to make sure that it doesn’t affect him defensively. I think that has happened with Trippier and it’s going to be very difficult for him to get back into the squad.
“I called him Beckham-esque at half-time, I don’t think Beckham could put crosses in like that at 20-years-old. That’s what he’s been. Outstanding.”
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