Report: Newcastle's Kieran Trippier to start for England vs USA tonight


Report: Newcastle's Kieran Trippier to start for England vs USA tonight

England face USA in their second World Cup group game tonight, and Newcastle United defender Kieran Trippier is expected to start for the Three Lions once again.

The 32-year-old played at right-back in England’s opener against Iran, helping his country win 6-2 in the first game. He even had the honour of wearing the captain’s armband when Harry Kane went off.

Gareth Southgate’s side should face a sterner test tonight against their American opponents, and there has been speculation all week on who will feature in the starting lineup.

Harry Kane has been an injury doubt, suffering an ankle knock in the Iran victory. It led to speculation that Callum Wilson could start his first England game since his debut in 2018.

Elsewhere, there has been a possibility that Kyle Walker could come into the side.

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But a report from the Athletic has provided details on what Southgate plans to do against USA, and it’s good news for one Magpie.

Trippier starts, but no Wilson or Pope for England vs USA

The Athletic report that Southgate is expected to name an unchanged starting lineup for Friday night’s game.

That means Jordan Pickford in goal over Pope. While Toon fans are keen to see the 30-year-old in action, it’s no surprise that the Everton stopper retains his place.

Then Trippier will be at right-back, joined in defence by John Stones, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw.

Southgate had a midfield three of Mason Mount, Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham against Iran and they will start again.

And three trio leading the line will be Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane. The captain is fit to start, meaning Wilson will have to wait for an opportunity off the bench once again.

It’s a shame for the Newcastle number nine, but hopefully he gets some minutes as a substitute like he did on Monday. Wilson certainly made the most of them, providing an assist for Jack Grealish.

Two Newcastle players will most likely be on England’s bench tonight, but Trippier will reportedly start. Given his performances in recent months, there’s no way anyone should be replacing him as England’s right-back.