Trippier keen to keep English nation in celebratory mood

England's run to the World Cup semifinals has prompted wild celebrations back home and Kieran Trippier wants to see more of them.

Trippier hopes the following they've received both in the stadiums and at home can prolong the festivities.   -  Getty Images

Kieran Trippier hopes the celebrations will continue until the World Cup final and beyond after England reached the last four on Saturday.

Headers from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli earned the Three Lions a comfortable 2-0 win over Sweden in Samara, and a place in the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.

After Tuesday's penalty shootout success over Colombia, dozens of clips were shared of fans revelling in the moment in pubs and bars back home, and it was a similar story after seeing off Janne Andersson's men in the last eight.

England supporters have not travelled in huge numbers to Russia, but defender Trippier hopes the following they've received both in the stadiums and at home can prolong the festivities.

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"I spoke to my family and the fans are going wild and rightly so, they deserve it. Even though most of them are not out here, we see all the celebrations on social media and we want to see more of it and that comes from the performances by us and we've given another good performance and another win," Trippier told Omnisport.

On the fact that England is now in the semifinals, he said, "[World Cup semifinalists] sounds amazing, as a collective how well we've done, Picks [Jordan Pickford] made some important saves for us but it's been a good journey up to now but we'll recover well and look forward to the next game."

"We don't want to look too far, we want to take it a game at a time, we had to focus on Sweden because they're a dangerous side. They've shown that in spells that they were...we've got to focus on the next game whoever we play, rest and recover and keep it going hopefully," he added.

 

Trippier also expressed his satisfaction at England's first clean sheet of the tournament - thanks largely to a couple of fine saves from Jordan Pickford, who was named man of the match.

The Everton goalkeeper spoke to reporters after the game with bandaging on his left hand - a self-inflicted injury which he revealed was caused by a moment of frustration.

"It's a daft injury by myself," admitted a sheepish Pickford, adding, "I went to punch the floor and punched my knee, hurt my thumb but I'm a man not a mouse. But I'm fine, I'll live another day it's only a thumb!"

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