Trent Alexander-Arnold should be ahead of the rest in the race for England’s starting berth at right back after his supreme performance against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, says Peter Crouch.
It secured Liverpool’s safe passage to the last-16 of the Champions League and ex-Reds striker Crouch says that the 23-year-old should be just ahead of Chelsea‘s Reece James in the national setup at right back.
Peter Crouch (L) insists Trent Alexander-Arnold (R) should be England’s first-choice right back
Alexander-Arnold set up both Liverpool goals in the 2-0 win against Atletico Madrid
‘Yeah he is [my first-choice right back],’ Crouch told BT Sport.
‘I just think his quality going forward, his control and delivery is incredible. I love Reece James. We have plenty of good right backs but for me, Trent is the best.’
Alexander-Arnold himself spoke post-match about his partnership with Mohamed Salah on the right-hand side as well as the victory.
‘It was an important one for us – every game is important but we stuck to our game plan,’ he said.
‘We got those early goals. We have learnt our lesson from Madrid when we were 2-0 up. We were able to see it through and dominate the game.
Crouch says Alexander-Arnold should be just ahead of Reece James in the national team
Alexander-Arnold spoke glowingly too about his partnership on the right with Mo Salah (pic)
‘We know what type of team they are. They like to suck you in to their way of playing but we kept the ball, kept it moving quickly and scored two very good goals.
‘Me and Mohamed Salah have a really good understanding at the moment and Jordan Henderson pushing up with Fabinho back in the team was a big help for us. We tried to get on the ball and create things.
‘With the form our good players are in, we just tried to get the ball to them and I think we did that.’