Kieran Trippier: 'Everyone listens to Harry Kane in the England dressing room'

Geneva Stokes
June 20, 2018

Apart from one player; Kieran Trippier.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker scored 30 Premier League goals last season, and he is off and running at the World Cup having netted twice already.

That's the World Cup. And that is an issue which is beginning to rear its head for Southgate ahead of Sunday's clash with Panama in Nizhny-Novgorod.

Kane headed a 91st-minute victor to follow his opening goal as Gareth Southgate's side edged to a 2-1 Group G success in Volgograd.

Yet as the stadium announcer in Volgograd played "Football's Coming Home", England's lament to their years of hurt at worldwide level as they started their latest major tournament adventure on Monday night, a familiar story was set to unfold once again.

The England captain popped up in the dying stages of the game to score, securing all three points against Tunisia.

The co-presenter of ITV's Good Morning Britain then took aim at Lineker over his opinions on politics, suggesting double standards were at play.

Welbeck was arguably the last man on the plane and the likes of Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford will get the nod before the 27-year-old. Had Germany/Brazil controlled a game like that we would have been purring.

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That was only his third goal in 20 appearances, though, and his second in 16 games under Southgate - most as a substitute - so the manager was justified in resisting calls to drop Raheem Sterling in favour of Rashford against Tunisia.

They weren't shy about saying so either, whether that was in the studio or online leading to some people airing the opinion that England fans should pipe down on their celebrations a bit. "Go out there and play your own game, be free".

One said: "Harry Kane spitting out the national anthem".

With Alli, Sterling and Lingard playing in advanced roles behind Kane, the responsibility lies with them to step up to the plate.

Soon it will be time to look for dates for potential open top bus parades through London, not to mention the Knighthoods and bronze to commemorate the England heroes of 2018, with this BBC video poking fun at the English obsession with believing in the impossible.

For attacking midfielders, it is simply not enough.

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