England’s Trent Alexander-Arnold admits he can’t quite believe how quickly he’s gone from a boy playing grassroots football to the World Cup Finals.
The Liverpool defender received his first senior call-up for the trip to Russia after an impressive breakthrough season at Anfield.
- Born: Liverpool, 7 October 1998
- Club: Liverpool
- Twitter: @TrentAA98
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And after making his World Cup bow in the final group game with Belgium, having also played at the 2015 U17 World Cup in Chile, the 19-year-old still recalls the days of playing with his mates and school teams.
“I can’t really get my head around how big this opportunity is at the moment,” admits Alexander-Arnold.
“I’m from West Derby in Liverpool, and I don’t know anybody else from my area that has played at a World Cup.
“I played for Country Park in the Walton and Kirkdale League.
“I always used to pretend to be Stevie Gerrard when I was playing as a kid as he is a Scouser.
“Everyone looked up to him – I don’t think there is any footballer that doesn’t recognise his talent and what he has done for his club and country at World Cups.
“The first World Cup I can remember is in 2006 when Italy won it. It just doesn’t happen to lads like me.”