Kieran Trippier Scores Stunning Free-Kick In England's World Cup Semi-Final
Only three men have scored in a World Cup semi-final for England; Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker and, now, Kieran Trippier.
The Tottenham Hotspur man has added his name to that illustrious list and immortalised himself as a pub quiz question for the rest of time after giving Gareth Southgate’s England the lead in their first World Cup final since Lineker's strike against West Germany all the way back in 1990.
The right back stepped up to the plate a matter of minutes into things at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow after Dele Alli got bundled over 25-odd yards away from the Croatian goal in a central position.
He put in a sumptuous effort with his famed right foot that dipped and swerved and found it;s way into the Croatian net.
The ex-Burnley man hadn’t scored a goal for England yet and you’d have to think he might not score a more important one than this if he goes on to play for his nation a hundred times.
The 27-year-old only cost his club £2.5M when he made his move to London and found himself having to play understudy to his international teammate Kyle Walker.
Walker’s £50M move to Manchester City gave him the chance to impose himself on that position and he hasn’t looked back, earning himself an international call-up with his strong form this season.
So good was his form, Southgate even ousted his no.1 right-back Walker and slotted him back into the centre of defence to allow Trippier into the side.
How, oh how, he’s repaid that faith now.