Euro 2024: Trent Alexander Arnold Caught Claiming England Star Didn’t Want to Take Penalty

Euro 2024: Trent Alexander Arnold Caught Claiming England Star Didn’t Want to Take Penalty

Martin Moses
updated at July 7, 2024 at 8:00 AM
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  • Trent Alexander-Arnold was heard aiming a dig at an unmanned England star following England's shootout victory against Switzerland
  • Alexander-Arnold came off the bench to score the final penalty and set England up for a semi-final clash against the Netherlands
  • England scored perfect penalties, with fans now speculating about who ducked shootout responsibilities in the quarter-final

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England survived another scare to make it through to the next round of Euro 2024 after beating Switzerland in the quarter-finals on July 6.

Switzerland took the lead through Breel Embolo in the 74th minute, finishing off from close range. Bukayo Saka responded minutes later with a beautiful curler from outside the box.

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Bukayo Saka celebrates with Gareth Southgate at the end of England's game against Switzerland on July 6, 2024. Photo by Visionhaus.
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The game lasted the entire 120 minutes, forcing the team to head into post-match penalties to separate them. Manuel Akanji missed the first effort, which turned out to be the deciding spot-kick in the tie.

Cole Palmer, Jude Bellingham, Saka, Ivan Toney and Trent Alexander-Arnold all took perfect penalties for the Three Lions, as captured on UEFA's website.

Who didn't want to take a penalty for England?

In the post-match celebrations, Alexander-Arnold was heard saying that an unnamed England star did not want to take a penalty. The Liverpool star was the one who stepped up for the final penalty to send his side through to the semis.

The video has made fans speculate over who did not want to be selected for penalty duty. Phil Foden and Harry Kane were both withdrawn before the penalties. The latter crashed into his manager before half-time of extra time, forcing Gareth Southgate into the change.

Despite starting the first two games of England's campaign in Germany, Alexander-Arnold has been limited to a few minutes as Southgate continues to tinker with his formations amid criticism of unconvincing performances.

The Three Lions are now 90 minutes away from making it to back-to-back Euro finals.

Harry Kane provides Euro 2024 injury update

At the same time, Sports Brief has reported that Harry Kane downplayed injury fears following his fall in the quarter-finals.

The skipper ran into Southgate after a fierce battle for the ball with Manuel Akanji.

He was withdrawn soon after with Toney taking his place for the remainder of the game.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)