– TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD’S MUM
TEENAGE England star Trent Alexander-Arnold was a GCSE student the last time he faced World Cup rivals Belgium, his proud mum revealed yesterday.
Dianne Alexander, 51, said the Liverpool player, 19, sat his exams abroad “by remote” so he could line up for his country’s under-16 team.
Now he has been called up to Gareth Southgate’s senior squad for the tournament in Russia with fellow young guns Marcus Rashford, 20, Dele Alli, 22, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, also 22.
Dianne still cannot believe her son is going to the World Cup after breaking into his hometown club’s first team as a regular this season.
“It is surreal,” she says. “Every little boy dreams of playing for England in that kit like Gary Lineker or Stevie Gerrard. I was thinking ‘Carry on son, that is never going to happen’. But now it has. I said to someone today ‘It is almost too good to be true’. I ’m w a i t i ng for someone to knock on the door and say ‘Guess what, this is a big joke’. But it’s not. It’s a dream come true.”
The call- up marks a meteoric rise for her footiemad son, who still loves a kickabout in the garden with brothers Marcel, 16, and Tyler, 23… as long as he wins.
At just six years old, he got a lucky break at St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School in West Derby to attend a Liverpool FC training camp.
“They sent a few invites to my school, and they were like, ‘ Who wants to go?’” Trent recalls. “Every lad in the class put their hands up, so the only fair way was to pick names out of a hat. Luckily my name was picked out.”
After just 30 minutes, a coach told Dianne to bring him for regular sessions at the club. Trent has become a firm favourite this season, and fans say his 66 squad number could be a lucky omen for our World Cup bid. First, there is the little
Trent with Marcel and Tyler
matter of Liverpool’s Champions League Final clash against Real Madrid in Kiev, Ukraine, a week Saturday. Thinking about it makes Dianne smile.
“My son really is the boy next door,” she says. “We keep his feet on the ground. My boy is playing against Ronaldo? Are you having a laugh?
“I still cannot believe it. A friend told me, ‘Stevie Gerrard has written about Trent in his book’ and I said, ‘no way’.
“But I went into Asda and checked the page and there he is, writing about my boy. Now I have become ‘ Trent’s mum’ and I am recognised, and so are his dad and brothers.”
Trent was playing for England’s under-16s in Belgium – our big group rivals at the World Cup – when he had to sit two GCSEs.
“We had to speak to the school and the exam board, and he did GCSEs at the same time,” Dianne recalls. “He sat