England’s repute as set piece kings was already firmly established earlier than Wednesday’s World Cup semi closing towards Croatia, however Kieran Trippier’s early goal in Moscow was the Three Lions’ ninth from useless ball conditions at this match, essentially the most by single crew since 1966.
The largest sport within the nation’s historical past because the Euro 96 semi closing towards Germany obtained off to the very best begin when Dele Alli’s threatening run was dropped at a untimely finish by Luka Modric’s foul.
From the ensuing free kick Tottenham full-back Trippier bent the ball up and over Croatia’s defensive wall and into the web, scoring his first worldwide goal.
Despite boasting free kick specialists like Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard down the years, England’s document from direct free kicks at current World Cups has been disappointing.
Ashley Young and Trippier have shared free kick duties in Russia till the Spurs man took centre stage in Russia, emulating David Beckham as the one man to attain from an analogous state of affairs for England at a World Cup.
Hopefully the 27-year-old can match Golden Balls who managed the feat in each in each 1998 and 2006.
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