Danny Murphy has called on England boss Gareth Southgate to let the shackles off and take Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold to their European Championships in the summer.
The ex-Reds midfielder was on TalkSPORT earlier today and heaped praise on the Liverpool defender for his performance on Saturday.
Alexander-Arnold scored the winning goal as Jurgen Klopp’s team came from behind to defeat Aston Villa 2-1 at Anfield.
The youngster has come in for some criticism this season for some sporadic form; losing his England place for last month’s World Cup qualifying campaign.
Naturally, the talk has now turned towards the European Championships and Murphy believes Alexander-Arnold has to be named in the squad.
He told TalkSPORT: “His passing range is like a midfielder. His crossing range is phenomenal; Beckham-esque.
“He can score free-kicks and he can make things happen in games where you’re up against packed defences.
“He’s had some bad games defensively no doubt but for once for England, let’s not be cautious.”
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By his own admission, the Liverpool youngster won’t have been happy with his form defensively this season.
The 22-year-old has endured some pretty ordinary moments but he’s still young and a blip is only natural.
Paid £75,000-a-week plenty of supporters need to remember that the Liverpool man is only 22 and has bags of time on his side.
Murphy is perhaps right to leap to Alexander-Arnold’s defence and he could almost certainly bring something to the table for England in the summer.
Alexander-Arnold might not oust Kyle Walker from the starting eleven but with stunning passing ability, he could prove a decent option from the bench.