Kieran Trippier is winning the battle to be Tottenham’s first-choice right-back and now he wants to be England’s first choice right back too.
Tripps was included in Gareth Southgate’s 25-man squad on Thursday and the England manager is likely to give him a chance to impress in friendlies against Germany and Brazil later this month.
Southgate knows all about Trippier’s quality, having watched his fantastic performance from the stands on Wednesday as Real Madrid had little answer for his attacking verve and accurate crossing.
The article says that despite Alli taking the plaudits after the Madrid game, Trippier was arguably one of the main candidates man of the match, laying on Alli’s first goal with a skimming delivery into the box.
The article quotes Trippier as saying “I think personally it’s one of my best performances since I’ve been at Tottenham, and throughout my whole career to be honest,”
“Playing against these players, playing in the Champions League, it’s just what you dream of as a young boy and I can only thank Tottenham for letting me do that.”
The piece adds that Trippier has had to be patient for his chance to shine. He joined Spurs from Burnley in 2015 but spent his first two seasons largely as a deputy to Kyle Walker and the player was prepared to battle for his place: “When I first came here I knew it was going to be difficult because I knew Walks was playing when I came to Tottenham,”
“I knew how well he’d been doing. He’s been England’s No. 1 so I wasn’t expecting to come here and just walk into the team.
Tripps continued ;”I knew it was going to be difficult, I knew I had to wait for my time and be patient. It took two years but I was willing to wait, work hard on the training field and I’m playing regular football now for one of the best clubs in England.”
It’s added that Trippier’s battle with Walker is not over, however, with the duo now fighting it out for a starting berth for England at next year’s World Cup.
Trippier added he was unaware of Southgate’s presence at Wembley on Wednesday: “I didn’t know he was there but whenever I play I try to do my best,” Trippier said.
“It’s always a dream to play for England and I just need to with my performances for my club do as well as I can.
“If I get selected by Gareth Southgate then perfect, I’ll try to do my best for England. Everyone wants to play for their country and it’s no different for me.”
It seemed harsh on Trippier when Aurier was bought and you did wonder about his chances but he’s taken the challenge and he has certainly become a better player culminating in a starring role on Wednesday. He’s been patient, worked hard and deserves his chance and surely on evidence lately he’s a chance of ousting Walker. What do you guys think? Does Tripps deserve to be England’s first choice Right Back? Let us know your thoughts
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