Revealed: 76% of England fans want Alexander-Arnold to start against Belgium

The last thing England want to do is take part in the play-off for third place at the World Cup after their devastating exit at the hands of Croatia.

The Three Lions have contrived to engineer two utterly meaningless games against the same opponent within the space of a seven-game tournament – which is quite something – as they shape up for a match against Belgium that nobody will want to play in.

It does give the country one final opportunity to toast Gareth Southgate’s side on a sunny Saturday afternoon and Harry Kane the chance to secure the Golden Boot, up against closest rival Romelu Lukaku.


That’s if either man plays. The gruelling nature of the World Cup had taken its toll on England by the time the final whistle blew in Moscow on Wednesday, with many players looking out on their feet.

Among them was Kieran Trippier, who has been England’s best player out in Russia but was forced off by injury in the closing stages against Croatia, so we asked whether he should be replaced by Liverpool speed merchant Trent Alexander-Arnold for this one.

The evidence was conclusive; 76 per cent of the supporters who responded want the Reds man in the side, as you can see from the results below…