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Kieran Tripper free-kick sees England lead Croatia just minutes into World Cup clash to become just third Englishman to score in a semi-final

Wing-back smashed in glorious set-piece with just minutes on the clock to put Three Lions ahead

ENGLAND fans reckon it really is coming home after Kieran Trippier fired them into the lead against Croatia with just FIVE minutes on the clock.

Tottenham’s right-back hero curled in a beautiful free-kick to send Three Lions supporters wild while also becoming just the third Englishman to score in a World Cup semi-final after Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker.

Kieran Trippier put England ahead with a great free-kick

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Kieran Trippier put England ahead with a great free-kick

Football fans are starting to believe it really is coming home

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Football fans are starting to believe it really is coming home

Some fluid build-up play saw Dele Alli fouled on the outside of the Croatian box just moments into the match.

Ashley Young and Trippier both stood over the ball as the likes of Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson looked to make themselves known in the Croatian wall.

But not even the tallest defence in the world had a chance of stopping Trippier’s beauty, which curled over the jumpers and sailed just under the post to send England fans into raptures.

Gareth Southgate and assistant Steve Holland both let out yelps of joy before they quickly regained composure, with 85 minutes still to play.

Trippier looked to the skies after becoming just the third Englishman to score in a World Cup semi

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Trippier looked to the skies after becoming just the third Englishman to score in a World Cup semi

England celebrated wildly before quickly regaining their composure, with the vast remainder of the game still to come

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England celebrated wildly before quickly regaining their composure, with the vast remainder of the game still to come

But that didn’t stop people from taking to Twitter to express their delight at the dream opening sequence.

Former Spurs teammate Ryan Mason wrote: “Tripps! Love you.”

Ledley King tweeted: “Yesss @trippier2 take a bow son.”

Tim Cahill added: “What a goal. England are on fire.”