England's gamesmanship vs Colombia 'about being clever' - Kieran Trippier

Harry Kane celebrates scoring

England's callow squad showed a street-smart edge in Moscow that belied their inexperience, with Gareth Southgate saying that maybe they are now playing "by the rules the rest of the world are".

"If you left Trippier out, you put Walker at right-back and if you left Walker out you'd leave Trippier at right-back".

According to statistics by Opta, the top three creators of chances in this tournament are Brazil's Neymar, Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne and Trippier.

"Not bad for a Bury lad, eh?" he said, flattered but not flummoxed by Opta's results which reveal he's carved out 12 chances in the Three Lions' four games so far.

A Swedish reporter quotes a scout for Sweden's team who has suggested England lack the fluency and pace to penetrate their defence. He encourages me to get forward as much as I can'. "If I manage to help them I am delighted", he said.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier has told The Guardian he always believed in himself despite being ditched by Manchester City. 'He's the one I really looked up to, ' said Trippier.

'I have always wanted to be in this position where I play for my country in a World Cup.

"I've had a word with him this morning and told him that this afternoon he's got to fly out to Russian Federation to have some medical tests".

There is also a giant television where family and friends have been able to watch the games from Russian Federation, including Tuesday's win over Colombia, which featured Trippier scoring in the shoot-out.

"I used to watch Beckham and (Andrea) Pirlo, players like this, over their careers - they have got a fantastic right foot on them and everyone knows that". I was watching the fans watching the penalties. For... "They're delighted and very proud and can't wait to get out here", he said. But it still came down to working hard and when I look back on my journey and I want to thank people for helping me get here, Steve is one of them for sure'. They were watching over the hedges.

"Dad was quite surprised people were walking past on the estate, watching it, then walking off, Just enjoying it all".

"When people say good stuff, I just need to keep progressing, keep doing my best for my team-mates and try to create as much as I can".

This weekend, however, Trippier's family will be in Samara for England's quarter-final encounter with Sweden.

"My family will come out for that".

As well as his tireless running down the flanks, speed and directness, Trippier's main quality is his ball-striking, both from set-pieces and crosses from wide areas.

Gareth Southgate's side, who went through on penalties, were criticised outside of England for what many perceived to be Three Lions players going down too easily and over-embellishing in the face of aggressive opposition.

Trippier also studied the delivery techniques of some of the finest in the game.

David Beckham is a prime example of what can happens when England players get wound up, having seen red for kicking out at Argentina's Diego Simeone at the 1998 World Cup.



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