Trent Alexander-Arnold and Herbie Kane have been called up to the latest England U19s squad for their two European Championship Qualifiers against the Netherlands and Belgium in September. Alexander-Arnold, 17, made his first-team debut in July 2015 and was included in the Reds’ pre-season schedule this year after a successful season at U18 level. Kane, 17, made the step up to U23 level this season but is yet to make his full debut and only received an England U18 call-up this year.Alexander-Arnold made his name as a full-back, but moved into midfield for Neil Critchley’s side last season scoring seven goals in the process.
The defender took the captain’s armband for the U18s off the back of signing his first professional contract in October 2015. He made ten appearances for England U17s including at the World Cup, but failed to play for the U18s.
His call-up comes after Alexander-Arnold has been training with Jurgen Klopp’s side at Melwood since the start of the season, and has been tipped for a big future in the game.
Kane made his debut for England U18s in March 2016, coming on as a 65th minute substitute in their 3-2 win over Austria before making his full debut four days later in the Young Lions’ 4-1 win over Ireland.
The former Bristol City midfielder has been part of a Liverpool side in the UEFA Youth League, Europe’s most prestigious youth competition and has experience at the U17 World Cup with England.
He will be looking to cement his place in Michael Beale’s midfield after signing a professional contract in January. He has played just 28 minutes so far in two Premier League 2 games this season, and will look to make his full debut when the U23s travel to Arsenal on Friday.