Trent Alexander-Arnold’s bold prediction comes true after Liverpool star endures 'tough time'

Trent Alexander-Arnold was the match-winner for England vs Switzerland
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Trent Alexander-Arnold’s winning penalty in England’s Euro 2024 quarter-final shoot-out win over Switzerland is undoubtedly the best personal moment of his international career.

The Liverpool ace has had a bumpy tournament after facing criticism for his midfield displays in the country’s first two games of the tournament, with boss Gareth Southgate facing heat for calling his decision to play him there “an experiment”.

Alexander-Arnold has not started since the drab 1-1 group stage draw with Denmark, coming on the final six minutes in the following goalless draw with Slovenia and failing to get onto the pitch in the dramatic last-16 win over Slovakia.

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The 25-year-old's omission against Switzerland was perhaps the most controversial, with England adopting a wing-back system that appeared to suit Alexander-Arnold down to the ground. He eventually came on in the final five minutes of extra time, and was fifth in line during spot kicks.

Jordan Pickford’s save from Manchester City defender Manuel Akanji’s effort meant Alexander-Arnold was given the chance to win the match, after all of England’s four previous takers had found the net.

After putting England through to the semi-finals, the Liverpool academy graduate told the BBC that he felt no nerves when putting the ball on the spot. His self-confidence has been evident since his breakthrough at Anfield, always assured in his ability to deliver for both club and country.

Alexander-Arnold spoke to the media prior to the 2022 World Cup, which was his second time at the tournament. When asked to describe what role he could play for England prior to the trip to Qatar, he said: “A game-winner. Someone who can win games. Someone who can win trophies.

“Someone who knows how to win big games and the biggest tournaments. Even as a younger player, I have a lot of big games under my belt.”

His winning moment came at the delight of Gary Lineker, who was on duty for the BBC on Saturday evening. "I can't tell you how pleased I am for Alexander-Arnold," he said. "He's had a slightly tough time, there's no question about that put in midfield in that experiment because the team weren't cohesive. To step up, come on as a sub late late on, score the penalty, the guys a technician - a wonderful footballer."

It is fair to say he backed up his confidence with his match-winning penalty for England on Saturday. Alexander-Arnold now has 29 caps for his country, the most recent of which will perhaps be his most memorable to date - for now.