Tottenham Hotspur right back Kieran Trippier is perhaps facing the trickiest spell in a Spurs shirt since he joined from Burnley in 2015.
The full back had to be patient after his big move to Spurs, initially playing second fiddle to Kyle Walker.
However, Tripps eventually edged Walker out of the first team just before he made his big money move to Man City.
Trippier was then called up to England in May 2017 after impressing in the Tottenham right back berth.
The Spurs man even edged out his old mate Walker in the right wing back position again in the 2018 World Cup, with the latter playing at centre back instead.
However, despite his amazing journey to scoring a World Cup semi final goal for England, it wasn’t plain sailing when Tripps was first called up to the squad.
He revealed on Soccer AM this weekend that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino played a cruel trick on him over his first call up.
Trippier said (as reported by Football London): “We were in Hong Kong on an end of season tour and he just come up to me and went ‘ah, I need to speak to you, you’re in a bit of trouble’.
“So I’m thinking to myself ‘oh no, what have I done now’.
“But he didn’t tell me until after the session, so we’d done the full session and I’m just thinking ‘what have I done’.
“I think I had a shocker as well in training, so then he pulled me after training and says ‘congratulations, you’ve been called up for England’.
“I was so scared, thinking all session that there was something wrong.”
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