England break their World Cup goals record as Trippier nets in defeat to Croatia

England broke their record for goals at a single World Cup as Kieran Trippier opened the scoring in their semi-final defeat to Croatia.

Gareth Southgate’s side have now found the net 12 times in Russia to break the record of 11 set by the victorious 1966 side.

England goals
(PA Graphics)

After beating Tunisia 2-1 and Panama 6-1, England drew a blank against Belgium in their final group game but have added four more in the knockout stages.

Harry Kane’s penalty against Colombia took England’s tally to nine and goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli in Saturday’s quarter-final win against Sweden saw them emulate Sir Alf Ramsey’s famous squad.

Trippier’s superb fifth-minute free-kick saw Southgate’s men break the record but they could not book a place in the final, with Croatia winning 2-1 after extra time.

Captain Kane has scored six goals in the tournament, matching Gary Lineker’s England World Cup record from 1986 and surpassing any of the 1966 squad.

Geoff Hurst, second left, scores England's fourth in the 1966 final
Geoff Hurst, second left, scores the clincher in 1966 for one of only three England World Cup hat-tricks (PA Archive)

Sir Geoff Hurst, the hat-trick hero in that Wembley final against West Germany, finished with four for the tournament while Sir Bobby Charlton and Roger Hunt notched three apiece. Martin Peters scored the other of England’s four in the final.

England played six games on that occasion, the same as Southgate’s men who still have the third-place play-off to add to their tally.

Outside of those two tournaments, England’s best total was eight for the Lineker-led 1990 squad and also in 1954 when Nat Lofthouse struck three times.

The latter free-scoring tournament saw England reach the tally in just three games, aided by an unconventional group stage format in which they drew 3-3 with Belgium, went to extra time and scored another as the game ended as a 4-4 draw. They also managed seven in both 1986, with Lineker dominating the scoring, and 1998.

Other than Kane, England’s goals this time around have come from John Stones, with a surprise brace against Panama, Jesse Lingard in the same game, Maguire, Alli and Trippier.

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