England right-back Kieran Trippier insisted on Sunday that his side wouldn’t underestimate Wales in their final Group B game in the FIFA World Cup.
England go into the match atop of the group with four points from two matches, while bottom side Wales still have a slight mathematical chance of making the next round. But more than anything, Robert Page’s side will look to recover their pride with a win against their neighbours and rivals.
That won’t be easy and the Welsh have not beaten England since a 1-0 win in the now-defunct Home International Championships in 1984, with England winning the last six meetings between the two teams — the last of which was a 3-0 friendly win in 2020.
However, despite those results and an apparent difference in class between the two squads, Trippier knows the significance of the match.
“The motivation is there — England against Wales is a massive game,” said the defender.
“Every single team in our group are in the (FIFA) top 20. So you can’t underestimate any team — you have to give respect and we certainly do to Iran, USA and Wales,” he added.
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