kieran trippier

England star reckons Three Lions can do ‘special things’ in Russia

England wing back Kieran Trippier believes Gareth Southgate’s youthful Three Lions side have what it takes to make a serious impact at this summer’s World Cup.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed a superb season establishing himself in Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side and the former Burnley man also looks nailed on to start at right wing back in his country’s opening fixture in Russia next Monday against Tunisia.

Trippier, who will more than likely be joined in Southgate’s starting XI by several of his club team-mates, reckons England have some fantastic talent amongst their ranks that can be a frightening proposition for any opposition.

“We’ve got the players in this squad to hurt teams. As long as we believe that we can do special things, that’s all that matters.

“We’ve got so much quality in this team, in the 23 players. It’s frightening – the pace, the youth. We believe we can go a long way. We just need to keep believing.

“Everybody is maybe writing us off, but we all believe we have a great team here, great staff, a great manager.

However, despite Trippier’s comments expectations are at a all time low amongst Three Lions fans after years of poor performances at major tournaments.

Although Southgate’s talented but inexperienced squad are still fancied to make it out of their qualifying group, which contains a hugely talented Belgium side and relative minnows Panama and Tunisia.

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