Kieran Trippier has published the attractions and sounds of England’s World Cup dressing room prior to a fit, describing a assured and ultra-relaxed surroundings because the gamers get ready for Saturday’s quarter-final towards France. The defender talked up the staff spirit that Gareth Southgate has fostered – a key convenience forward of the assembly with the arena champions – and he illustrated the purpose by way of calling out Jordan Pickford for his love of “horrific” rave song.
“Everyone is relaxed, so is Gareth,” Trippier stated. “He takes his meeting and then we get in the dressing room and listen to some horrible songs from some of the lads. Whose horrible music is it? To install Pickford’s. Honestly, he has the worst taste in music.
“Everyone is having banter as they always are, doing their rehab, their stretching before games. Everyone prepares differently. Some play two-touch, some do stretching, some just chill and get a massage. Everyone’s relaxed. Especially this tournament, everyone’s been brilliant. We’ve got a great atmosphere and before games everyone’s just focused on the game.”
It was so put to Trippier that he made it sound as if he and his teammates were about to go for a Sunday kickaround. “That’s how relaxed we are,” he responded. “We’ve got a great chemistry as a team. Ultimately that comes down from the staff. I love every moment and everyone else does. We know it’s going to be an entertaining game for everyone against France. We’re relaxed, we’re ready and hopefully we can make everyone proud.”
Trippier said the squad had enjoyed a visit from Robbie Williams at the team hotel on Wednesday night. Williams, who is a big Port Vale fan, sang a few of his songs. “It’s the first time I’ve ever met him and I’ve got to say he’s a great guy,” Trippier stated. “Really down to earth. In these little moments, everyone’s buzzing around the place and to hear him sing was great for everyone going into a big game.”
Trippier believes the squad have grown from their experiences at the previous two tournaments – the 2018 World Cup in Russia, when they reached the semi-finals, and Euro 2020, when they were beaten in the final – with their greater maturity reflected in a clean discipline record. England have received no red or yellow cards.
“We are a really disciplined team and we have spoken about not wanting to miss a game, picking up stupid yellows for throwing the ball away or stuff like that,” Trippier stated. “Obviously you might need to take a tactical foul and you can’t help that. But it’s always important you keep 11 men on the pitch and you don’t give silly yellow cards away and have important players missing massive games.
“Since Russia we’ve come so far as a team and as individuals. Every single one of us, whether we’re playing or not, gives everything for the shirt and we’re all ready when called upon. We shouldn’t be ashamed to say we want to win the World Cup.”
There has been an inevitable spotlight on the France striker Kylian Mbappé, who has lit up the tournament, but Trippier knows it will be equally vital to stifle the attacking midfielder Antoine Griezmann, with whom he played at Atlético Madrid. Trippier lived in the exclusive La Finca neighborhood of Madrid with Griezmann and other Atlético players, and had a good relationship with him on and off the field.
“La Finca is like St. George’s Park but bigger,” Trippier stated. “We would end coaching at 11.30am, the solar is shining and you might be having barbecues. What extra are you able to ask for? Every participant would host. We would pass spherical every different’s properties because it used to be 10 seconds away. It used to be sensible.
“Griesy is the joker of the dressing room, a kind of bubbly guys, all the time doing pranks from morning till night. On the sector, even in coaching, he’s suave the place he choices up house. He simply drifts. He has the person high quality to discover a cross, ranking a purpose and arrive within the field. He is for sure a participant to regulate.