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Alexander-Arnold hails World Cup place as ‘dream come true’

3 months ago, 16 Maý 20:50

By: Joe Williams

Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrated a “dream come true” after receiving a first England call that will take him to this summer’s World Cup.

The 19-year-old started the season as third choice right-back at Liverpool but a combination of his own impressive form and the fitness problems of Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez propelled him into centre stage.

Not only is he set to start the Champions League final against Real Madrid later this month, he is now heading to Russia despite having never appeared in any of Gareth Southgate’s previous squads.

Posting to his 193,000 Twitter followers – a number he can now expect to multiply exponentially – he wrote: “Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! @England.”

Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! 🦁 @England pic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar

— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018

Prior to Wednesday’s phone call, the closest Alexander-Arnold had come to senior honours was when he accepted an invitation to join a training session at St George’s Park in March.

England’s record cap holder, Peter Shilton, expects the tournament to test the teenager’s resilience but believes the experience can help steel him for a role with England in the coming years.

“Gareth has an eye on doing well in the World Cup but also an eye on the future,” Shilton told Sky Sports News.

“Alexander-Arnold doesn’t look over fazed by any occasion but saying that, the World Cup is a bit special. It’s really a test, it’s pressure.

“You know the whole world and whole country is looking at you, not just your club. But he’s a good inclusion, he’s one of the players for the future.”

Southgate has pressed ahead with a fresh-faced goalkeeping unit having dispensed with long-term number one Joe Hart in a difficult phone call on Monday night.

His chosen triumvirate of Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and uncapped Burnley stopper Nick Pope boasting a total of nine international appearances to Hart’s 75.

Pickford has just two friendly games under his belt but is favourite to take the gloves in Russia.

“The first piece of the jigsaw is complete in getting on the plane and the next thing is to get the starting shirt,” the 24-year-old told evertonfc.com.

“If I play I will be the youngest goalkeeper for England at a World Cup, which would be an achievement. I played under (Southgate) for the Under-21s, so he knows what I am capable of. There is already trust there.”

But the lack of international experience between the posts left 73-cap veteran Sol Campbell anxious.

“I’ve never been in a situation like that in my life playing for England,” he told Sky Sports News. “If I had someone behind me with only two caps, playing in a massive tournament I’m going to be saying ‘I’ve got my work cut out’.

“Whether these guys are really confident enough to command their ...
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Alexander-Arnold hails World Cup place as ‘dream come true’

3 months ago, 16 Maý 20:50

By: Joe Williams

Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrated a “dream come true” after receiving a first England call that will take him to this summer’s World Cup.

The 19-year-old started the season as third choice right-back at Liverpool but a combination of his own impressive form and the fitness problems of Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez propelled him into centre stage.

Not only is he set to start the Champions League final against Real Madrid later this month, he is now heading to Russia despite having never appeared in any of Gareth Southgate’s previous squads.

Posting to his 193,000 Twitter followers – a number he can now expect to multiply exponentially – he wrote: “Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! @England.”

Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! 🦁 @England pic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar

— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018

Prior to Wednesday’s phone call, the closest Alexander-Arnold had come to senior honours was when he accepted an invitation to join a training session at St George’s Park in March.

England’s record cap holder, Peter Shilton, expects the tournament to test the teenager’s resilience but believes the experience can help steel him for a role with England in the coming years.

“Gareth has an eye on doing well in the World Cup but also an eye on the future,” Shilton told Sky Sports News.

“Alexander-Arnold doesn’t look over fazed by any occasion but saying that, the World Cup is a bit special. It’s really a test, it’s pressure.

“You know the whole world and whole country is looking at you, not just your club. But he’s a good inclusion, he’s one of the players for the future.”

Southgate has pressed ahead with a fresh-faced goalkeeping unit having dispensed with long-term number one Joe Hart in a difficult phone call on Monday night.

His chosen triumvirate of Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and uncapped Burnley stopper Nick Pope boasting a total of nine international appearances to Hart’s 75.

Pickford has just two friendly games under his belt but is favourite to take the gloves in Russia.

“The first piece of the jigsaw is complete in getting on the plane and the next thing is to get the starting shirt,” the 24-year-old told evertonfc.com.

“If I play I will be the youngest goalkeeper for England at a World Cup, which would be an achievement. I played under (Southgate) for the Under-21s, so he knows what I am capable of. There is already trust there.”

But the lack of international experience between the posts left 73-cap veteran Sol Campbell anxious.

“I’ve never been in a situation like that in my life playing for England,” he told Sky Sports News. “If I had someone behind me with only two caps, playing in a massive tournament I’m going to be saying ‘I’ve got my work cut out’.

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