Practice makes perfect, says England and Spurs defender Trippier
PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:24 05 July 2018
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The right-back produced another impressive performance for his country at the World Cup and netted in the shoot-out on Tuesday
England are gearing up for their first World Cup quarter-final since 2006 after Tuesday’s drama in the last-16 and Kieran Trippier has revealed the secret behind their penalty success.
The Spurs full-back tucked away the Three Lions fourth spot-kick and then saw Jordan Pickford save from Carlos Bacca before club colleague Eric Dier fired home to secure a 4-3 victory on penalties over Colombia.
It was England’s first-ever success in spot-kicks at a World Cup and only the second time in eight attempts at major tournaments they have made it through on penalties.
When reflecting on the drama to ITV, the Tottenham Hotspur defender said: “There is always a penalty shoot-out in competitions like this and I’ve seen that having watched over the years and it is just about practising.
“We have done that after every training session and especially when the lads have been fatigued after tough sessions and to be fair to the lads they’ve scored some brilliant penalties and I couldn’t be happier for ‘Picks’ either.”
After a dramatic 120 minutes, plus spot-kicks, England have made it into the quarter-finals where they will face Sweden on Saturday (3pm).
It could have been a lot less nerve-wracking had they not conceded in stoppage time when leading thanks to a Harry Kane second-half penalty.
Yerry Mina managed to outjump Harry Maguire and his header into the ground just about beat right-back Trippier on the line.
It ensured the game was level at 1-1 after 90 minutes and so extra-time and penalties were eventually required in Moscow before England finally made it through to the quarter-finals.
Trippier added: “I thought we played really well in the first half and for their goal, it was a mistake by myself.
“I thought he was going to head it directly in, but as I have taken a little jump he headed it into the ground and I couldn’t adjust my body and they scored and I was gutted.
“But I talk all the time in my interviews about the spirit of the team. We carried on how we were playing, we didn’t change anything and we believed when it went to the penalty shoot-out.
“We have some great penalty takers and we’ve practised and practised and practised and it has paid off.”
After such drama, England will now hope to make it through to the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday for the first time since 1990.