Internationals: Trent Alexander-Arnold on the scoresheet for England on Friday

Round-upInternationals: Trent Alexander-Arnold on the scoresheet for England on Friday

By Glenn Price


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Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a brilliant long-range goal during England's 4-0 win away at Malta on Friday evening.

The 24-year-old operated in a midfield role for the Euro 2024 qualifier and netted his nation's second with a curler from outside the area in the 28th minute.

Alexander-Arnold also produced a fine through ball in the build-up to the Three Lions' opener – an own goal – and played all of the contest, while Jordan Henderson featured for the opening hour.

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"I enjoyed it," Liverpool's No.66 said post-match. "I love playing football, I love being on the pitch, I love representing my country. So to be out there and to play the full 90, I was happy.

"After that little break after the end of the season, I'm getting fitness back in my legs and towards the end I got a bit tired – but overall I enjoyed that and I'll remember that one."

On playing in midfield, he continued: "It's still early doors and I haven't played it too much, but it feels comfortable, it feels natural is what I will say.

"It's somewhere I enjoy playing and it's somewhere where I can see myself playing as well.

"For me, it's about getting myself into this team and trying to be a regular name on the teamsheet. I think today was a good foundation to build on."

Elsewhere in qualifying action on Friday, Ibrahima Konate helped France keep a clean sheet in their 3-0 victory over Gibraltar, with the centre-half playing 84 minutes of the Group B encounter.

Kostas Tsimikas starred for Greece as they beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 at home. Caoimhin Kelleher was an unused substitute for the visitors.

Conor Bradley played 77 minutes for Northern Ireland in their 1-0 loss away at Denmark.

And finally, Luis Diaz appeared for Colombia as they defeated Iraq 1-0 in a friendly.



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