Round-up: English players in the Champions League

This week marked the beginning of the Champions League quarter finals, with four games across two days.

Across these games, eight potential members of England’s Euro 2021 squad featured, here’s how they got on:

Real Madrid vs Liverpool

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Trent Alexander-Arnold

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As the debate around who will occupy the right back positions in this summer’s squad hots up, this was not the performance that Alexander-Arnold needed.

Left out of the most recent England squad for the first of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, there is no question that Trent in on the back foot, with questions about his defending dominating the discussion surrounding his possible England inclusion.

After rebounding well against Arsenal in the Premier League, Trent had a poor game in Madrid, his right side of defence alongside Nat Philips struggled all night, with Trent at fault for Madrid’s second goal, heading the ball perfectly into Marco Asensio’s path.

This performance won’t help Trent’s England case and his place in this summer’s squad remains in doubt.

Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund

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Phil Foden

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Manchester City’s wonderkid struck again, scoring a 90th minute winner to secure a 2-1 win for City.

Foden had a good game in general, as usual he was superb both on and off the ball, he also had a hand in De Bruyne’s opening goal as he continues to show his importance to his side. The only negative being a handful of missed opportunities to add to the scoresheet.

Foden continues to be in a strong position for a spot in the squad this summer, and with performances like this he will expect to be wearing an England shirt this summer.

Kyle Walker

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The front runner for England’s right-back spot had a sold game.

He was strong throughout both defensively and in attack, albeit not having many opportunities in attack.

Performances like this will be key in convincing Gareth Southgate that he is the man to start at right-back for England this summer.

John Stones

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Stones came into the game with his high-profile England mistake fresh in his mind, but his performance showed no signs that mistakes like that should be expected.

Stones and centre-back partner Ruben Dias were always going to have a long night against Dortmund’s Haaland, but between them he was handled well enough to keep the youngster quiet.

A good performance from Stones.

Jude Bellingham

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A fantastic performance from Dortmund’s 17-year old.

On the back of a strong international break with England as he pushes for a place in the squad, Bellingham showed why he is in contention for a call up.

Bellingham was strong defensively and attacked well – having a hand in the build up to Dortmund’s equaliser. Bellingham also capitalised on an Ederson error to score, only to have the goal disallowed after some disastrous refereeing.

A brilliant performance on the big stage for the teenager, exactly what he needs to put himself into contention.

Porto vs Chelsea

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Reece James

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Another defender who is in contention for England’s right-back position, James had a strong performance as Chelsea secured a 2-0 away victory.

In an energetic performance, James was able to balance his defensive responsibilities with good attacking play as he exploited Porto’s left side.

James needs to continue this form and having a strong run in the side if he is to be slected this summer.

Ben Chilwell

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A great performance as Chilwell continues to push to be England’s starting left back ahead of Luke Shaw.

Chilwell, like James was strong defensively in Chelsea’s other wing-back position – a position that Southgate could deploy them both in this summer.

However, Chilwell was more conservative in his attacking compared to James, this was until Chilwell scored a magnificent solo goal, making it 2-0 to Chelsea.

A brilliant showing from Chilwell.

Mason Mount

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The star performer not only in the Chelsea game, but in all of the Champions League games with English players involved.

Mason Mount, as usual, was sublime.

Mount was full of energy, dictating the way Chelsea played and how the game played out.

The clear man-of-the-match, Mount topped off his quality performance with a sublime goal, his first in the Champions League taken after an excellent turn with a tidy finish.

One of the first name’s on Thomas Tuchel’s team sheet, and in the summer, one of the first on Gareth Southgates.

Top photo credit – (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Published by Callum Owen

18 years old Undergraduate at UCFB Wembley, studying Multimedia Sports Journalism Writing for Archball, WDSportz and on my personal blog Football and Formula One content

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