Trippier not concerned by England’s three-match losing run
PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 September 2018
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The Spurs full-back dismissed any worries about recent form and offered his view on Danny Welbeck’s disallowed goal
Kieran Trippier believes England are building towards a bright future despite a third straight defeat last time out.
The Three Lions lost 2-1 to Spain on Saturday night at Wembley after Marcus Rashford’s opener was cancelled out by Saul Niguez and Rodrigo strikes.
After losing to Croatia in the semi finals of the World Cup and then Belgium in the third/fourth-place play-off in Russia, England were looking to bounce back last weekend.
It failed to go to plan, however, and so the next chance to bounce back is this evening when Switzerland visit for a friendly encounter.
On suffering three consecutive defeats, Tottenham Hotspur right-back Trippier said: “It is not a concern.
“We are building and that is all we can do, play against these teams. We want to test ourselves against the best and certainly against Spain we put up a fight.
“We knew it was going to be a difficult game. We started bright and got the early goal and then to concede straight away after was disappointing.
“They passed it around very well in the first half, we talked about that coming out into the second.
“I thought we played much better in the second half, we got it down and we played and we were unlucky not to come out with a draw.”
England very nearly did pick up a point in their UEFA Nations League Group A4 opener when Danny Welbeck found the net late on in Brent.
The goal was disallowed, however, for a foul on Spanish number one David De Gea, even though he seemed to jump over the top of the Arsenal forward and miss the ball.
It caused plenty of frustration come the full time whistle with Harry Kane insisting the referee had “bottled” the incident and his Spurs team-mate agreed.
Trippier added: “I had a very good view of it. The ball just went up in the air and ‘Welbs’ just crouched down and De Gea came over the top of him.
“The referee gave a foul and personally I don’t understand how it was a foul, but these decisions happen and you have just got to move on.”
One Spurs player who will not feature at the King Power Stadium this evening is Dele Alli after he picked up a minor muscle strain on Saturday.
Danny Rose could start against Switzerland though, after Luke Shaw had to pull out of the England squad due to concussion.
Additional reporting by Press Association Sport.