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I’ve watched my World Cup goal 100 times – Trippier

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England full-back Kieran Trippier

England and Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier said he has re-watched his stunning World Cup free-kick “about 100 times”.

Trippier curled a set-piece past Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic to give England the lead in the World Cup semi-finals, though the Three Lions went on to lose 2-1 after extra time.

As England prepare for Saturday’s UEFA Nations League opener against Spain before facing Switzerland three days later, Trippier told reporters: “I’m not going to lie to you I’ve watched it back about 100 times.

“Obviously I enjoyed that moment but even now it still hurts that we got beaten. But I did watch it back about 100 times I’m not going to lie to you.”

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Trippier has established himself for club and country thanks to his consistent performances but asked about the possibility of being dropped by England manager Gareth Southgate, the 27-year-old replied: “Obviously all the boys here are doing well here and for their clubs though, so that’s the manager decision, if I play or don’t play.

“Every opportunity on the playing field I try and do my best 100 percent to show the manager that I want to play and just keep improving but it’s the manager’s decision at the end of the day or who he selects.

“So like I said before if I don’t play I’m not going to be disappointed, I’ll help the team-mates, but I’ll be training as hard as I can to make sure I want to be picked.”

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