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Fully fit England train ahead of Spain clash

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England boss Gareth Southgate was able to watch a fully-fit squad train at St George's Park on Friday ahead of their Wembley clash with Spain.

Southgate has just 18 outfield players to choose from for the games against Spain on Saturday and Switzerland on Tuesday following the withdrawals of Manchester City's Raheem Sterling and Liverpool's Adam Lallana.

The Three Lions chief opted not to bring in reinforcements and instead called on age group players such as Dominic Solanke, Eddie Nketiah and Marcus Tavernier to bolster numbers in training this week.

He stripped it back to his core senior squad for their final session before heading to Wembley, though, with all 18 players - plus goalkeepers Jordan Pickford, Alex McCarthy, Jack Butland and Marcus Bettinelli - put through their paces.

Southgate's side face Spain in their opening UEFA Nations League clash in the capital before taking on the Swiss at Leicester's King Power Stadium in a friendly three days later.


Trippier: I've rewatched semi-final goal over 100 times

Trippier opened the scoring in the World Cup semi-final. Credit: PA

Kieran Trippier has revealed watching his World Cup semi-final strike on loop gave him the confidence to share free-kick duties with Tottenham team-mate Christian Eriksen.

Trippier was a standout performer during England's memorable summer exploits, capping a handful of bright performances with consistently excellent set-piece delivery.

His tournament peaked with the superb free-kick which gave Gareth Southgate's side an early lead in their semi-final against Croatia, who came back to win the game 2-1 in extra-time.

The moment the ball hit the net in at the Luzhniki Stadium, Trippier became just the third man to score for England in a World Cup semi-final, following Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker, and the buzz has barely worn off.

"I'm not going to lie to you, I've watched it back about 100 times," said the 27-year-old on his return to training at St George's Park.

"Obviously I enjoyed that moment. Even now it still hurts that we got beat but I have watched it back a lot.

"I've looked back at a couple of the games, not just the Croatia one. Obviously it was frustrating to get knocked out in the semi-final but we're proud of ourselves as a team and how far we came in the World Cup."

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