Thursday 13 December 2018

England’s Kieran Trippier moved by Three Lions support

England face Croatia in their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.

Kieran Trippier has started four of England’s five World Cup games in Russia. (Adam Davy/PA)
Kieran Trippier has started four of England’s five World Cup games in Russia. (Adam Davy/PA)

By Press Association Sport staff

Kieran Trippier admits seeing the reaction of England fans back home gives him “goosebumps” as the team prepare for their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

A 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday saw Gareth Southgate’s side progress to the final four and kept celebrations flowing across England.

A semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday is all that stands between England and their first final since lifting the World Cup in 1966.

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England’s performances in Russia have caught the imagination of fans back home (Gareth Fuller/PA)

There has been an outpouring of support for the team back home, with plenty of memes and social media posts going viral.

Trippier, who scored his penalty in the last-16 shootout win over Colombia and has been one of England’s standout performers, revealed the players have seen all of the excitement and are keen to extend the euphoria.

“It feels amazing,” he told the Lion’s Den on England’s official YouTube channel.

“Growing up and watching England, to be a part of it with the lads…it is an amazing achievement form everyone here and we can’t wait to get going against Croatia.

“It gives you goosebumps just to see how happy they are with how we are doing. We just want to keep on improving, stick together as a team and give more moments like that, they are special moments.”

Different versions of the 1996 hit ‘Three Lions’ – from Peppa Pig to Alan Partridge – have been shared on social media in the last week.

And Trippier says it has been entertaining for the squad to watch from their training base is Repino.

“Seeing the fans back home on social media…we love the support off the fans and we just want to do as well as we can as team and hopefully do them proud,” he added.

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Trippier embraces Southgate after England beat Sweden on Saturday. (Tim Goode/PA)

“Obviously, you hear it (the song) all the time, it is stuck in your head because we are watching all the videos, it is exciting times and I’m loving every video we see from back home.

“Everyone comes together, we want to keep putting in performances to make them round, do as well as we can and achieve great things and we want to make our own history.

“To see the fans, all the videos and how emotional it is to them, we want to do so well and make them celebrate even more.”

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