Trent Alexander-Arnold has lashed out ahead of England’s game against Hungary for refusing to sing the national anthem

The 23-year-old started at right-back for Gareth Southgate’s side in the UEFA Nations League clash at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.

But Alexander-Arnold caused controversy before the game for not singing “God Save The Queen” when the anthem was played over the Tannoy.

Each player was seen belting out the song, but Alexander-Arnold stood unmoved. And as that match coincided with the Queen’s platinum anniversary celebrations, it was trashed by fans on social media.

Alexander-Arnold is of course a proud Liverpool native and many on Merseyside regularly say they are ‘Scouse, not English’.

It’s a well-known fact that many Liverpoolers don’t support the England national team in major tournaments.

The contempt stems from the mismanagement of the city’s Conservative government in the 1980s and the oversights of the Hillsborough disaster, which left 97 Liverpool fans dead at the end of the decade.

Alexander-Arnold lasted an hour in the Hungarian capital before being replaced by Chelsea’s Reece James.

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England’s players were booed by Hungarian fans for taking a knee, an action made even more concerning by the fact that the stadium was home to 40,000 children.

The match was initially set to be played behind closed doors before a FIFA decision allowed local students to attend with accompanying adults.

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