"There are improvements I could have made": England star Trent Alexander-Arnold responds to defensive criticism

England star Trent Alexander-Arnold responds to how well he's defended this season: Trent Alexander-Arnold of England trains during an England training session at Al Wakrah Stadium on November 16, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.
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England right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has answered questions about his defensive performances this season ahead of the Three Lions' World Cup 2022 opener against Qatar.

The Liverpool star has come under scrutiny this season for high-profile lapses in concentration, as the Reds have found themselves languishing in sixth in the Premier League with four losses already. Alexander-Arnold was thought to be at fault for goals against Arsenal and Manchester United in particular, with his place in the England squad under question. 

With Reece James injured and out of the World Cup, Alexander-Arnold has made the final squad – but had the Chelsea full-back have not been out, perhaps there wouldn't have been a place for the much talked-about Liverpool player. In the run-up to England's first game, however, he has addressed these questions of his defensive ability. 

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Leeds United on 29 October, 2022 at Anfield, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has been criticised defensively this season (Image credit: James Gill – Danehouse / Getty Images)

"I would say there's been a lot of spotlight on it," Alexander-Arnold told ITV Sport (opens in new tab) when asked how well he'd played well defensively this season. 

"I'd say there's been a massive magnifying glass on that aspect of my game and I would say for me, obviously, like any part of my game, there's improvements I could have made. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold of England poses during the official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 portrait session on November 16, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is heading to the World Cup – perhaps at the expense of Reece James (Image credit: Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

"There's decisions that I could have made better. There's instances where I could have defended a lot better. But I think at the same time there's been instances where I've defended really well. You know, that's the way the game is.

"I think a lot of people like to shout about the mistakes and the ones that I could have done better rather than the ones I have defended well on and that's just the way it is. 

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"You know, you defend three well and then one bad. They have a big chance and then there it is: I've had a bad defensive game."

England face Iran in their opening game.  

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