Trent Alexander-Arnold Slammed For 'Refusing To Sing' National Anthem Before England's Game With Hungary
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Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has been slammed for not singing the national anthem prior to England's game against Hungary.
The 23-year-old started for Gareth Southgate's side in the UEFA Nations League clash at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, lining up as a right wing-back.
But Alexander-Arnold courted controversy pre-match for not singing 'God Save The Queen' when the anthem was played over the tannoy.
Every player was seen belting out the song but Alexander-Arnold stood there unmoved. And with this game coinciding with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, he was blasted by fans on social media.
Look at everyone singing the national anthem other than Trent😭😭 pic.twitter.com/0vt6L6TEbk— Josh (@joshseal0) June 4, 2022
Trent Alexander Arnold not singing the National anthem. Don’t play for the England team if you’re that against our country. We will manage just fine without you sunshine.— Dave Hirst ⚒ (@DaveNemo76) June 4, 2022
Any reason Trent Alexander Arnold was only English player NOT to sing National anthem?— Good Times Are Coming (@GoodTimesAreCo2) June 4, 2022
Anyone else notice that Trent Alexander-Arnold was the only one not singing the national anthem.— DR (@DarrenR28) June 4, 2022
That rat Trent Alexander Arnold not singing the national anthem, what a stuck up, horrible, arrogant guy he really is, comes across as a right prick aswell 🤷🏻♂️— Nicky W ➐ (@Niwi0411) June 4, 2022
Well, @TrentAA you are a disgrace. Can't even sing the national anthem of the country you're representing. No wonder Southgate hates you.— Josh Chapman (@3_JoshChapman) June 4, 2022
Imagine not signing the national anthem whilst wearing an England shirt on a day like this.— Rob Fergus (@rob_ferg88) June 4, 2022
Shame on you @TrentAA #England #Jubilee #shameful
Only England player not to be singing the national anthem @TrentAA….. typical ‘scouse not English’— andy (@ARoofer65) June 4, 2022
@TrentAA @FA can the @FA please make every player sing the National anthem ?.— Danny Pearce (@danny_pearce01) June 4, 2022
I know @TrentAA is a scouser,
But surely even a Scouser can memorise the National Anthem ;(
@TrentAA I and a few other friends would like to ask why you did not sing the National anthem at the hungry game today. Love you as player but it’s a little disrespectful after all you are playing for your country.— Jon (@jaguarstr) June 4, 2022
Alexander-Arnold is of course a proud Liverpudlian and many on Merseyside regularly say they are 'Scouse, not English'.
Last month, prior to the FA Cup final against Chelsea, Liverpool fans booed the national anthem as well as the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.
An unexpected moment at today's #FACupFinal, where Liverpool fans booed Prince William and National Anthem. My understanding (correct me if I'm wrong, Twitter) is that it's still felt there was an establishment cover-up over the Hillsborough disaster and getting justice for it. pic.twitter.com/uFLAJEJp30— Omid Scobie (@scobie) May 14, 2022
It's common knowledge that plenty of people from Liverpool do not support the England national team at major tournaments.
The disdain stems from the Conservative government's mismanagement of the city in the 1980s and the failings for the Hillsborough disaster, where 97 Liverpool fans died, at the end of the decade.
In response, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told media: "The people do not do it for no reason".
Alexander-Arnold lasted an hour in the Hungarian capital, before being replaced by Chelsea's Reece James.
England players were booed for taking the knee by Hungarian fans, an action made even more worrying by the fact the stadium was made up of 40,000 children.
The match was initially going to be played behind closed doors before a FIFA ruling allowed local school pupils to attend with accompanying adults.
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Topics: Trent Alexander-Arnold, England, Liverpool, UEFA Nations League