Paul Robinson jumped to the defence of Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold over his performance for England in the 4-0 win over Kosovo.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England No.1 shared that he didn’t think Alexander-Arnold had his best night in an England shirt but thought he did okay.
Alexander-Arnold played 84 minutes of England’s comfortable win over Kosovo on Sunday before Gareth Southgate opted to replace him with Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori for the final minutes of the match.
Robinson acknowledged that Alexander-Arnold was exposed at times during Sunday’s game but shared that he wasn’t helped by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain playing in front of him as the midfielder offered him no protection.
When asked if Alexander-Arnold wasn’t at his best for England due to playing so many games lately, Robinson told Football Insider: “Yeah he has played a lot of games but I thought he did okay last night.
“He was up against Kosovo’s left-back and I thought he was the only threat they had, he was a good player and he exposed Trent a couple of times last night.
“But with Oxlade-Chamberlain in front of him, he’s not going to get the defensive cover he normally gets as the Ox is probably more attack-minded, and when he has got attacking players charging down the left side at him, he is going to get exposed.
“I thought last night it wasn’t his best night in an England shirt, but I have no concerns about his form.”
Alexander-Arnold has regularly featured for the Reds this season as he has played 17 times across all competitions, racking up one goal and four assists in the process.
The 21-year-old full-back has risen through the club’s youth ranks in order to become an established member of the first-team and he has already appeared 102 times for the Reds.
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