Kieran Trippier insists England clash with Croatia is not a revenge mission
By Danny Gallagher
Last Updated: 09/10/18 6:49pm
Kieran Trippier is not looking at England's clash with Croatia as an opportunity for revenge following the World Cup.
English hearts were broken in Russia after Croatia triumphed in the semi-final to book their place in the Moscow final against France.
England return to international duty on Friday when they come back up against Croatia in the UEFA Nations League, but Trippier insists points are the only focus.
"No, it's not revenge. Croatia were good on the day against us in the World Cup semi-final but it's another game," the defender told Sky Sports.
"We want to go there get the win, get the points we need and then look forward to Spain."
England will face Croatia behind closed doors for the fixture, due to a two-game ban implemented upon the hosts by UEFA after a swastika was marked on their pitch before a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.
Trippier admits the situation will be a strange one, though England must simply focus on the task at hand.
"I have never played in a stadium like that where there's no fans, so it's disappointing for our fans because they always bring numbers and they would love to be there," Trippier added.
"It'll be strange hearing each other, the staff, and obviously no fans cheering but it's one of the things we've got to get over and there's more pressure on them really playing at home.
"We've just got to go with the mindset to win and it will be no different on Friday."