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England coach Southgate: Trippier was a warrior

England boss Gareth Southgate was delighted with Kieran Trippier's performance for their Euros defeat of Croatia.

There were a few surprises in the England starting XI as Southgate opted for a back four including Atletico Madrid's Kieran Trippier at left-back, while Chelsea's Ben Chilwell was not in the squad.

Manchester City's Kyle Walker started ahead of Chelsea's Reece James, while Sterling was given the nod in place of Aston Villa's Jack Grealish.

Asked about Trippier, Southgate said: "We felt that his talking across the back line and his ability to get out and stop crosses quickly and his experience on a day like today - alongside Tyrone Mings, who is relatively early in his international career - would be a good stabilising element.

"He is a very underrated player. People are still looking at the player from a few years ago and not at the one who is at Atletico Madrid and playing like a warrior in the last few seasons.

"He is a big part of what we've done over the last few years and he gave a really good performance."

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