England manager Gareth Southgate has praised Trent Alexander-Arnold's performance in the Euro 2024 qualifying win over Malta on Friday evening.
Alexander-Arnold was moved into midfield from right-back by Southgate for the 2-0 win, and the Liverpool star impressed in the role once again. The 25-year-old completed 92% of his passes, won five duels and recovered possession on five occasions in what was an all-action outing at Wembley Stadium.
Having largely struggled for gametime at international level as a full-back, Alexander-Arnold has recently become a key player for Southgate thanks to a successful transition into midfield with the Three Lions.
Speaking to the press after the win, the England manager was keen to praise the Liverpool man for yet another stellar showing.
«I thought [Alexander-Arnold] used the ball really well,» he said. «He has some outstanding quality, him and Phil [Foden] in the first half were the two that really looked like opening the game up for us.»
Ahead of the game, Alexander-Arnold admitted that his attributes suited playing in midfield.
«In my teenage years I was a midfielder so it’s a position I have some knowledge of,» the Liverpool star explained. "‘How to conduct myself and perform in the middle of the pitch is something that I’ve been tasked with and sitting down and watching and trying to learn and adapt.
«As for whether I’m a midfielder or not, my specific skillset is probably best suited to someone who plays in the middle of the pitch, someone who controls the game, controls the tempo, creates, breaks line, progresses the ball up the pitch so those kinds of skills you would say are suited to someone who plays in the middle of the pitch.
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