Even in their wildest dreams, most England fans probably didn’t expect to see their side take a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute of their World Cup semi-final against Croatia.
But that’s exactly what happened thanks to Kieran Trippier, when the Bury-born Tottenham full-back curled an exquisite set-piece past Danijel Subasic in Moscow.
And England fans were reminded of another free-kick specialist who used to score clutch set-piece goals for the Three Lions with a sweet right foot.
The Bury Beckham.
OH MY GOD!!! Trippier, the Bury Beckham! 1-0 #ENG
Yes, according the England fans, Trippier is the Bury Beckham.
And there was some basis for the comparison, too.
2 – Kieran Trippier is the second England player to score a direct free-kick goal at a World Cup (since 1966), following David Beckham who scored one in both 1998 and 2006. Inspiration. #ENGCRO #ENG #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/fDvVY5nFEB
Yes, for all the Three Lions’ success at set-pieces in Russia, Trippier’s effort was the first direct free-kick scored by an England player at a World Cup since David Beckham in 2006.
OMG!!!! And there was me just thinking Kane should take the free kick. How wrong was I?! TRIPPIER deserves that What a goal. Dream start #ENG
👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 What a goal ⚽️🤩 England are on 🔥🔥🔥
Some pointed out there are differences between Trippier and Beckham though.
I love that Trippier has just done a Beckham without needing the glitz or the celebrity of a Beckham. England without stars; this is the ensemble cast version of success
Either way, Trippier certainly went some way to securing his place in the hearts of England fans for years to come.
Could it really be time for a Three Lions rewrite?
But I still see that tackle by Moore and when Trippier scored…