Kieran Trippier is in Gareth Southgate’s starting eleven, and gets front billing, as England get their World Cup started against Iran. Nick Pope and Callum Wilson are on the bench.
— England (@England) November 21, 2022
This is Trippier’s 38th cap for England as he gets the nod at right-back. The 32-year-old has been in top form for Newcastle this term with 17 appearances, 1 goal, and 4 assists across all competitions.
England are in Group B along with the United States and Wales, who play each other later today. In between the Group B matches, Senegal (without injured star Sadio Mane) face The Netherlands in the remaining Group A match.
Yesterday, the World Cup got underway as Ecuador soundly defeated hosts Qatar 2-0 through a brace by former West Ham and Everton forward Enner Valencia. The 33-year-old, who currently plays for Fenerbahce, tops the Turkish Super Lig with 13 goals.