Tottenham fullback Trippier: England players and fans now united

Annette Crawford
July 15, 2018

Kane looks likely to end the tournament as the top scorer thanks to six goals in six games, placing him three in front of his closest remaining challengers for the Golden Boot.

After the squad's flight back from St Petersburg landed in Birmingham on Sunday afternoon, Southgate told Press Association Sport: "We now have players who I think can stand on their on two feet in the Premier League against other players from around Europe and the world, and they have proved that on a world stage at different age groups".

France are chasing a second World Cup triumph 20 years after their first in Paris with outsiders Croatia aiming to claim the trophy for the first time.

The Three Lions roared into the United Kingdom on Sunday afternoon, touching down at Birmingham Airport with captain and top scorer Harry Kane preparing to lead the team back onto British soil.

Kane's goals all came in England's first four games, with three from the penalty spot, and he failed to score in his last three matches at the tournament.

Tottenham fullback Kieran Trippier is convinced England's World Cup run has inspired the nation.

And he stresses most of the credit for that has to go to manager Gareth Southgate. "We played one of the best teams in the world with individual talent which is incredible, and we had only two days to get ready for it".

Yes, you can point out that a key part of that stat is the fact that he's taken so many set-pieces in Russian Federation but his deliveries have been absolute money throughout and deserve recognition.


"The decision was taken after having analysed the respective evidence available and considered all factors surrounding the infringement, including the fact that the incident was triggered by a very small group of fans", said an official statement.

England manager Gareth Southgate said his team were made welcome in Russian Federation during the World Cup despite diplomatic tensions between Moscow and London.

Despite boasting the attacking prowess of Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, Roberto Martinez's men fell short in their semi-final against France, losing 1-0. We want to win on Sunday."ESPNFC".

And though Croatia lost to France, the hosts and eventual winners, in the semifinals in 1998, Rakitic said that result has little bearing now. He told us there were still good players despite this crisis.

Kane said: "In the second half, we played really well. If not, I have great players on the bench who will be raring to go". They will concede they are not fit.

"We're not the finished article, we're still improving and will only get better. They have such an attitude".

"We've been treated extremely fairly by everybody here", Southgate said.

" We need relaxation and rest".

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