Kieran Trippier says England are not over-reliant on Harry Kane's goals

2018-06-20 15:45:49

Harry Kane has scored 10 goals in 10 England games since Gareth Southgate took charge

England wing-back Kieran Trippier is confident there is enough firepower in Gareth Southgate's side to share the scoring burden if Harry Kane's hot streak ever cools down.

Trippier and Ashley Young were charged with providing the width, and the crosses, in England's 2-1 victory over Tunisia and each provided a corner which ended with Kane converting.

With 15 goals in 25 appearances - including a record of 10 in 10 during Gareth Southgate's managerial reign - the Tottenham forward is out on his own as England's danger man in Russia.

"If Harry doesn't score we've got players who can," said Tripper.

"We're one team over here and we know we've got quality all over the pitch. We've got Marcus Rashford, Raheem, Dele, Ruben (Loftus-Cheek), they've had fine seasons, Jesse has as well and Vards (Jamie Vardy).

"They've had excellent seasons for their clubs and hopefully in this tournament they can provide some for us."

Sky Football selected Keiran Trippier as England's man of the match against Tunisia

The rest of the starting XI at the Volgograd Arena boast just 12 international goals between them, including seven from Young's previous incarnation as an attacker.

Jesse Lingard, Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli all have superior records at club level and have been backed to provide goals after a handful of chance went begging in Volgograd.

Young, fresh from his first World Cup appearance at the age of 32, reiterated Trippier's claim that the rest of Southgate's squad can and will chip in.

Ashley Young made his first World Cup appearance against Tunisia on Monday

"I think you need goals from all over the pitch and I think that's what we'll be looking to do," Young added.

"You want a major goalscorer, a striker that's going to take chances, but we've got that in abundance around the team with Vards, Welbs (Danny Welbeck) and the kid Rashford.

"It's not just the strikers, it's the midfielders as well. We saw Jesse had a few chances, Raz (Sterling) had a few chances as well. There's plenty of goals I've seen all over this team and I think if everyone's chipping in and pulling in the same direction it just sets us up right for the next game."

England have more to offer than just Harry Kane insists former goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.
England have more to offer than just Harry Kane insists former goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.

Southgate opted to make Kane England's captain ahead of Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson before the tournament and Trippier feels the Spurs forward has already exerted his influence on his England team-mates.

"If things are not working he's got a big voice in the dressing room, everyone listens to him," said Trippier.

"He has a presence. When he's with you, you just feed off him. He lifts you when he's around, he just lifts you. He dedicates his life to football. He's so professional."

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