Kieran Trippier joined just Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker as England goal scorers in a World Cup semi-final as he netted a free-kick during the Three Lions’ 2-1 defeat to Croatia.
The Bury-born lad, who has undergone an incredible journey to reach one of the biggest fixtures in football, has produced an incredible gesture of giving his match-worn kit to a young England supporter.
Trippier had promised the young Three Lions’ follower his shirt following Wednesday’s game – a pretty amazing gesture considering the significance of the kit.
Trippier’s match-worn shirt
Kieran was true to his word pic.twitter.com/JGvGWhFOv7
— anthony wall (@antwall81) July 12, 2018
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 11, 2018
Kieran Trippier gave everything until he could give no more.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) July 11, 2018
Pride restored as Three Lions bow out
Ultimately it was more semi-final heartache for England as their 2018 World Cup adventure was brought to an end by Croatia.
The Three Lions have been far from roaring in recent years with scars from previous tournaments still showing in the build-up to Russia 2018.
However, Gareth Southgate’s men will return as heroes having given supporters every reason to be incredibly optimistic for the future as they restored the nation’s pride and gave us a team that we all fell in love with.
Mario Mandzukic’s extra-time goal sent Croatia to their first ever World Cup final as Zlatko Dalic’s side overturned England’s lead which Kieran Trippier earnt after just five minutes.
The 27-year-old wonderfully picked out the top corner to join a short yet illustrious list of players to have scored for England in a World Cup semi-final.
Southgate’s side looked in control during the first-half, although the second period was a different story as Ivan Perisic found the back of the net 22 minutes from time.
In the end and despite having played 120 minutes two games straight, Croatia’s experience and endure told as England wilted as the game drew on.
England will now take on Belgium in the World Cup third-place play-off on Saturday.