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.
Trent Alexander Arnold doesn’t sing the national anthem. Don’t play for the England team if you are against our country. We can do without you sunshine.
— Dave Hirst ⚒ (@DaveNemo76) June 4, 2022
Is there a reason Trent Alexander Arnold was the only England player NOT to sing the national anthem?
— Good times are coming (@GoodTimesAreCo2) June 4, 2022
Everyone else noticed that Trent Alexander-Arnold was the only one who didn’t sing the national anthem.
— DR (@DarrenR28) June 4, 2022
That rat Trent Alexander Arnold not singing the national anthem what kind of stuck up horrible arrogant guy he really is comes off as a real jerk too 🤷🏻♂️
— Nicky W ➐ (@Niwi0411) June 4, 2022
Spring, @TrentAA You are a disgrace. You can’t even sing the national anthem of the country you represent. No wonder Southgate hates you.
— Josh Chapman (@3_JoshChapman) June 4, 2022
Only English player not to sing the national anthem @TrentAA….. typically ‘scouse not English’
— andy (@ARoofer65) June 4, 2022
I know @TrentAA is a scouser
But surely even a scouser can remember the national anthem ;(
— Danny Pearce (@danny_pearce01) June 4, 2022
@TrentAA Me and a few other friends would like to ask why you didn’t sing the national anthem at the hungry game today. I love you as a player but it’s a bit disrespectful after all you play for your country.
— Jon (@jaguarstr) June 4, 2022
Alexander-Arnold is of course a proud Liverpool native and many on Merseyside regularly say they are ‘Scouse, not English’.
An unexpected moment today #FACupFinale, where Liverpool fans booed Prince William and the national anthem. My understanding (correct me if I’m wrong Twitter) is that there is still a feeling that the establishment covered up the Hillsborough disaster and got justice for it. pic.twitter.com/uFLAJEJp30
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) May 14, 2022
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.
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.