‘A problem’ - Newcastle United injury concern after Gareth Southgate gives worrying England update

England manager Gareth Southgate. PIC: Adam Davy/PA Wire.England manager Gareth Southgate. PIC: Adam Davy/PA Wire.
England manager Gareth Southgate. PIC: Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Kieran Trippier was substituted at half-time during England’s 2-1 win over the Netherlands last night

Gareth Southgate has revealed Kieran Trippier picked up a knock during England’s dramatic 2-1 win over the Netherlands.

Newcastle United’s talisman has started all six of the Three Lions’ games at Euro 2024. Playing in the unfamiliar role of left-back, Trippier has been solid defensively but attracted criticism for lacking an attacking threat.

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Luke Shaw - who had not kicked a ball since February until the penalty shoot-out win against Switzerland - was introduced at half-time. Southgate now has a tactical dilemma should Trippier be ruled out of England’s decider with Spain this weekend.

The 53-year-old admitted Trippier may face a race against time to be fit - just two weeks before the Magpies jet off to Japan for pre-season. Southgate told reporters: “Kieran had a little bit of a problem. Hopefully, he will be ok but, with him on the left flank, it was a good moment to bring Luke on.”

The England boss also hailed Trippier’s performances throughout the tournament despite being played out of position. He added: “We weren’t sure how long he could play but to finish the game would be important. We didn’t want to take any chances. 

“We had it in our minds bringing Luke into the game at some point and still deciding how long for. But we thought finishing with the balance was better than starting it. 

“We’ll see how Tripps is, but he has been a soldier. The level of performance on the wrong side of the pitch has been phenomenal.”

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