Kieran Trippier Gets His First England Call-Up

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Dom Le Roy

Spurs right-back Kieran Trippier has been called up to the England squad for the first time in his career, for the derby match away to Scotland and a friendly against France.

Five Spurs players have been named in the England squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifying match against the auld enemy at Hampden Park and the friendly three days later against France. Kieran Trippier will be hoping to earn his first game in an England shirt alongside Spurs team-mates Kyle Walker, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier.

The 26 year old had grown accustom to being the second choice right-back at Tottenham behind Kyle Walker since signing from Burnley in 2015. This season, however, Trippier has enjoyed more game-time than usual at Walker’s expense. Trippier’s emergence from the sidelines has prompted transfer rumours about Walker, implying the full-back’s future is no longer at Spurs.

Trippier has worked hard for his spot in the Tottenham team and fully deserves his place in the England squad too. Both defenders have bagged 5 assists in the league this season, but Trippier managed that in 12 appearances, only 6 of which being starts, as opposed to Walker’s 31 appearances, only 2 of which being from the bench. Trippier is joint top of the defender’s assists table despite playing considerably less game time. It is apparent here that given more minutes on the pitch, Trippier could lead the charts by some way.

Hopefully Trippier will prove himself on the international stage, and if Kyle Walker really is leaving, it may very well be a blessing in disguise.

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