England's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FIFA World Cup Group G match at Kaliningrad Stadium - Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/PA Images

Trent Alexander-Arnold draws positive reviews after World Cup debut for England

Trent Alexander-Arnold made his competitive England debut in Thursday’s 1-0 defeat to Belgium, and the verdict on his World Cup bow was positive.

It was an extremely proud night for the 19-year-old, who didn’t look at all out of place on the biggest international stage of all.

Alexander-Arnold has enjoyed a remarkable rise in the last 12 months, and this was the first of what should be many major tournament appearances for him.

The media have been gushing over the Liverpool’s youngster’s impact for the Three Lions on Thursday, despite their eventual defeat.

BBC Sport‘s Phil McNulty gave Alexander-Arnold the joint-highest rating on the night (7/10), writing:

“Excellent temperament and acquitted himself well. Let down by his poor set-piece delivery but one of England’s better performers.”

Martha Kelner of the Guardian was no different, again singling him out as one of England’s better performers:

“Teenager was industrious down the right wing and goal-line clearance will have given confidence.”

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp felt the positives outweighed the negatives, although he correctly bemoaned some of Alexander-Arnold’s dead-ball quality:

“A big night for the teenager. Got forward but his deliveries from set-pieces were not as good as they could be.”

It was a landmark occasion for the boyhood Red, who followed some illustrious company when it came to starting a World Cup game as a teenager:

Supporters and journalists alike also praised the right-back’s impact on Twitter:


Alexander-Arnold took to social media to express his pride at his achievement, despite the result, and also spoke honestly to reporters after the game.

“I’m very disappointed,” he said. “We came into the game wanting to win it, obviously we never won it, but we are still in the round of 16 and something to look forward to.”

The teenager is likely to be replaced by Kieran Trippier when England take on Colombia in the last 16 on July 3, with the Tottenham man impressing against Tunisia and Panama.

But if Gareth Southgate does call upon Liverpool’s No. 66 he can be confident of another assured display.

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