On what was just his sixth appearance for his country, Trent Alexander-Arnold shone just less than two weeks after becoming a Champions League winner at the age of 20.
It was his second appearance in a European Cup final already, before he has even enjoyed his 21st birthday, and there are absolutely no signs whatsoever that the Liverpool academy graduate looks overawed in his surroundings.
You would expect such a young player to be a peripheral figure in his first few senior appearances for his country, perhaps playing a sporadic role whilst making a few appearances off the bench.
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In Alexander-Arnold’s case, however, he is already looking like he could become the nation’s most dangerous attacking outlet for many years judging by his performance against Switzerland in the Nations League 3rd place play-off.
The young scouser had a game-high 119 touches of the ball, and his teammates clearly saw him as a useful outlet given how frequently they gave him possession.
Alexander-Arnold also attempted a game-high 18 crosses with five of those proving to be successful – his expert delivery out on the right flank also saw him create a huge seven goalscoring opportunities.
Such excellent technical ability and consistency in his delivery led to comparisons with David Beckham from Jamie Carragher (Sky Sports’ coverage of England vs Switzerland) and you can easily see why.
Unbelievably, the game ended up going to penalties after the likes of Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling failed to finish off Alexander-Arnold’s exquisite set-ups, which should’ve seen him finish the game with at least three assists had a competent finisher got on the end of them.
At such an early stage of his international career, Alexander-Arnold already has a fourth place finish at the World Cup and third place in the Nations League to his name; it is quite scary just how fast he has adapted to this level.
If the likes of Harry Kane, Alli and Sterling become a bit more prolific, Alexander-Arnold’s deliveries may become England’s most dangerous attacking outlet for years to come.