Trent Alexander-Arnold says Jurgen Klopp told him of England call-up
By Rory O'Callaghan
Last Updated: 16/05/18 9:52pm
Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was the one to break the news about his inclusion in England's World Cup squad.
Gareth Southgate named Alexander-Arnold as part of his 23-man squad for the upcoming tournament in Russia, which gets underway on June 14.
Alexander-Arnold is currently in Marbella on a warm-weather training camp with Liverpool, as the Reds prepare to face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 26, and the uncapped 19-year-old has revealed that Klopp was the one to inform him he had made the cut with England.
"I'm honoured, excited and feeling really proud," Alexander-Arnold told Liverpool's official website.
"It was an unbelievable moment to find out I was going to go to the World Cup, especially at a young age. It's probably capped off a really good season for me.
"I found out this morning, just before we came out to Marbella. The manager came and spoke to me just as we were getting on the plane.
"He asked me if I knew anything about the squad or anything yet. I said, 'no' and he said, 'Have you got anything planned around the time of the World Cup?'. I was like, 'No, no holidays or anything...'.
"He said to me, 'OK, good... You're in the squad!'. It was a really proud moment. On England's behalf, it was nice of them to let the manager tell me."
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was also named in Southgate's 23-man squad alongside Alexander-Arnold, although Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missed out through injury.
England face Tunisia in their opening game of the tournament on June 18.