Croatia no revenge mission for England defender Trippier

Croatia hostd England in the Nations League in a repeat of its World Cup semifinal, but Kieran Trippier is not interested in revenge.

Published : Oct 10, 2018 07:41 IST

Croatia celebrate Mario Mandzukic's goal in the World Cup semi-final
Croatia celebrate Mario Mandzukic's goal in the World Cup semi-final

Croatia celebrate Mario Mandzukic's goal in the World Cup semi-final

Kieran Trippier says that England will not be out for revenge when it takes on Croatia in a repeat of the World Cup semifinal.

Friday's Nations League match sees the teams face off again after Croatia booked a place in its first World Cup final by beating England 2-1 after extra time at Russia 2018.

Trippier's brilliant early free-kick had given England the lead, but goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic – who struck in the second period of extra time - saw Zlatko Dalic's men progress.

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Both teams lost their Nations League openers to Spain, England going down 2-1 at Wembley, while Croatia was crushed 6-0 last month.

And, Trippier feels that the World Cup defeat will not be on England's minds when it travels to Rijeka ahead of facing Spain again on Monday.

"No, it's not revenge. Croatia were good on the day against us in the World Cup semifinal, but it's another game. We want to go there get the win, get the points we need and then look forward to Spain," the Tottenham full-back told Sky Sports .

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England will play Croatia in an empty stadium with the host serving a supporter ban as part of its punishment for a swastika being marked on its pitch ahead of a Euro 2016 home qualifier against Italy.

"I have never played in a stadium like that where there are no fans. It's disappointing for our fans because they always bring numbers and they would love to be there," Trippier added.

"It'll be strange hearing each other, the staff, and obviously no fans cheering, but it's one of the things we've got to get over and there's more pressure on them really playing at home. We've just got to go with the mindset to win and it will be no different on Friday."

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