Trent Alexander-Arnold says his grassroots days in Liverpool don't feel that long ago

Friday 06 Jul 2018
England's youngest World Cup squad member Trent Alexander-Arnold trains in Russia, after a thrilling breakthrough season

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.

Trent Alexander-Arnold
  • Born: Liverpool, 7 October 1998
  • Club: Liverpool
  • Twitter: @TrentAA98
  • Instagram: @TrentArnold98

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.”

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By FA Staff