Three Lions captain goes to Russia on the back of a 46-goal haul for club and country this season
England will NOT over over-reliant on Harry Kane for goals at the World Cup, insists Tottenham team-mate Kieran Trippier.
Kane, appointed Three Lions captain for the tournament, has gone to Russia on the back of a 46-goal haul for club and country this season.
There will be a lot of pressure on Kane to perform, not only as a goalscorer but as skipper too, having proven himself capable of scoring at every level.
But Trippier believes their group rivals would be unwise to underestimate the side as a whole, insisting there are ‘goals all over the pitch’ in the England team.
At England’s first press conference since touching down in Russia, the Spurs defender said on Thursday: “Everybody knows what Harry Kane’s all about, he’s a goalscorer and a great professional.
“But if you look all around our team we’ve got winners, we’ve got goals all around the pitch.
“It’s not just Harry, we’ve got a strong forward line, a lot of pace, youth and I know the boys are looking forward to getting on with it now.”
Trippier, who is seemingly vying with Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold for the right wing-back position, accepts that a gung-ho approach could backfire against Monday’s opponents Tunisia.
He said: “We’ll have to be patient, we know it’s going to be a tough game. We’ve analysed their strengths and weaknesses and how to exploit them. It’ll be tough but we’re looking forward to it.”
The Bury-born full-back has a close family and has brought quite the entourage to Russia.
“I’ve got my brothers and my dad here, about 15 people, so there have been a lot of tickets to sort out,” he said.
“My dad’s excited, it’s a proud moment for him and the rest of my family.”
His father was present when he made his senior England debut in France in June 2017 and Trippier is looking to do his parents proud again as he appears at a World Cup for the first time.
The defender added: “He came out to watch me get my first cap. The emotions will be high and I just can’t wait to get started. I’ll do the best I can for my family and for the fans.”