THE mother of England star Kieran Trippier has spoken about how proud she is of her son’s World Cup exploits.

The Bury-born wing-back excelled as Gareth Southgate’s side reached the last four in Russia, and his magnificent performances and pinpoint crosses have earned him widespread praise, and even a new nickname - ‘The Bury Beckham’.

Although the Three Lions’ dreams came to an end following a 2-1 semi-final defeat at the hands of Croatia last week, it was Trippier’s early goal from a free-kick that meant England had one foot in the final, before their opponents responded with two goals of their own to break English hearts.

The Tottenham Hotspur man, who hails from Summerseat, was cheered on in Russia by family members, including his parents, Eleanor and Chris, who returned to their home in Heath Avenue on Thursday, the day after the Croatia game.

Speaking of her pride in her son, Eleanor said: “It was absolutely brilliant.

“From being little, he wanted to play for England, so it was a dream come true for him to even make the squad. We are so proud of him.”

During her time in Russia, she managed to get to two games, including last Wednesday’s, where she witnessed her son’s first goal for his country.

Describing the moment he scored, she said: “It was brilliant, such a special moment. Although, it was sad they did not make it through in the end.”

As Trippier and his teammates defied pre-tournament expectations, a wave of hope swept the nation.

Despite the heroics of teammates Harry Kane and Jordan Pickford, it was the former Woodhey High School pupil who was widely regarded as England’s standout performer, with several pundits backing him to be named in Fifa’s team of the tournament.

However, nowhere have his performances been better received than back in his hometown.

“The support back home has been brilliant, overwhelming really,” said Eleanor. “All the locals have been telling me what the atmosphere was like at the pub down the road, The Footballers.”

While Trippier is now enjoying a well-earned rest ahead of the new Premier League season, his mum has returned to working shifts at Costcutter in Newcombe Road, around the corner from her home.

“I’ve worked there for years so I know everyone,” she said. “People keep coming in to say how proud they are, and how well he played.

“I’m so overwhelmed.”