Kostas Tsimikas leaves wordless reaction after Trent Alexander-Arnold finally plays for England
The 24-year-old has never been first choice under Gareth Southgate, but was brought on as a second-half substitute for Kyle Walker.
Alexander-Arnold may have been disappointed to be overlooked by Southgate when deciding to rest Kieran Trippier.
However, he had a solid half an hour cameo and watched Marcus Rashford wrap up a comfortable win.
After missing out on last year’s European Championships through injury, Alexander-Arnold finally made his debut at a major tournament for England.
Southgate stuck with a back-four, and with Jordan Henderson on the pitch, Alexander-Arnold could settle into a similar set-up to what he plays at Liverpool.
Wales had all but given up by the time the right-back entered the pitch, and he wasn’t really required in a defensive capacity.
He only misplaced one of his 21 passes, but didn’t even attempt a dribble or cross (SofaScore).
Alexander-Arnold took to social media after the game to celebrate England’s progression to the knockout stages.
He was congratulated by teammates past and present for his involvement last night.
Alexander-Arnold finally makes World Cup debut
The 24-year-old posted a number of pictures after the match with the caption, ‘Knockouts baby’.
The likes of Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana replied and applauded his performance.
Fellow Liverpool full-back Kostas Tsimikas loved what he saw from Alexander-Arnold too.
Despite not getting many minutes on the pitch, Alexander-Arnold appears to be enjoying his debut World Cup campaign.
He was seriously impressed with one England keeper during training before the USA game.
However, Alexander-Arnold wouldn’t have appreciated Everton rival Conor Coady winding him up.
Southgate has never been an England manager to make sweeping changes during a tournament.
The chances are, if Alexander-Arnold is going to play again in Qatar, it’s likely to be off the bench.
Jurgen Klopp may not be too upset about that, as he’ll want Alexander-Arnold to be fresh on his return to Anfield next month.
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