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England players haven’t spoken about Wales celebrating Iceland result, says Kieran Trippier who says teammates will have to be wary of ‘big-game player’ Gareth Bale

Kieran Trippier has told NaijaOnPoint that England will have to be wary of Gareth Bale’s ‘big moments’ when they face Wales.

The Three Lions take on Rob Page’s side on Tuesday in a decisive Group B fixture.

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England are putting the finishing touches on their preparations ahead of their game against Wales

Despite a quiet game against Iran, Trippier knows he can’t switch off for a second against Bale

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Despite a quiet game against Iran, Trippier knows he can’t switch off for a second against Bale

A win will see Wales progress to the last 16, while England only need to avoid a four-goal defeat, but will be looking for three points in order to top the group.

Should Wales escape from the group, their captain and top scorer Bale will undoubtedly be the protagonist, and good friend Trippier will be tasked with stopping him.

The two didn’t play together at Tottenham, but struck up a relationship while playing in Spain when Bale starred for Real and Tripper was at Madrid rivals Atletico.

“I was lucky enough to live close by to him in Madrid and I spent a lot of time with him,” the defender, who won a league title in Spain, said.

“For his club career I think the records speak for themselves what he’s done throughout his career, the achievements, the trophies that he’s won and what he’s done for Wales as well.

“He’s an unbelievable player and someone that we will certainly have to be aware of because he does pop up in these big moments as we’ve seen for club and country.

Bale won five Champions Leagues at Real and three league titles in a glittering LaLiga career

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Bale won five Champions Leagues at Real and three league titles in a glittering LaLiga career


“It’s not just Gareth, they’ve got quality all over the pitch but Gareth is one we’ll certainly be keeping an eye on – a remarkable player and what he’s done throughout his career is incredible at a team like Real Madrid.”

Tension between home nations sides is often built up ahead of key fixtures, and one video has been circulating which might have stoked flames.

The Wales squad were captured celebrating England’s shock last 16 defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016, the lowest nadir of Roy Hodgson’s disastrous tenure.

Trippier, though, was shocked to hear the video had even been brought up.

“As players we’ve not even spoken about that,” he said. “I’m not just saying that either but again as players we have to overcome these things every week.

Trippier is surprised people care about the video of Wales celebrating

Trippier is surprised people care about the video of Wales celebrating

Trippier, second right, says he and his teammates have not even mentioned the video

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Trippier, second right, says he and his teammates have not even mentioned the video

“It’s not added motivation for us, to be honest that’s probably the first time I’ve heard anybody bring it up, none of my teammates have spoken about it.

“As players we just need to focus on tomorrow, listen to what the manager says, the tactics, go on the training field and get ready for the game tomorrow so I’m calm and relaxed and so are my teammates and nobody has spoken about the video.”

But does he see the clash of a derby of sorts? Well the answer is also no.

Trippier explained: “I don’t really see it any differently but I know from the past it’s a big game.

“I think as players, certainly, and I can only speak for my teammates, we’re playing huge games every week for out clubs so it’s good to have that pressure but certainly we know how to handle it.

“It’s going to be another big game tomorrow and we know the past few years it’s been good games us against Wales and it’s going to be no different tomorrow so both teams are going to be up for it.”

England are still in a strong position to qualify for the last-16 despite their bad result

England are still in a strong position to qualify for the last-16 despite their bad result

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