After Walker Go, Trippier Ready to Steal Attention Together Tottenham
Kieran Trippier is not afraid to compete with Kyle Walker to get the right-back position of the England national team in the 2018 World Cup. Trippier has spent two years in the shadow of the player at Tottenham Hotspur.
With Walker starting his new life at Manchester City, Trippier knows it’s time to shine.
With Russia 2018 coming in the not too distant future, there is no better time for the 26-year-old to start proving his quality next season.
Trippier signed a new five-year contract following Walker’s departure and was determined to pay back the trust shown to him by Mauricio Pochettino.
“For the past two years I have been waiting patiently for my chances,” he said before a friendly against Paris Saint-Germain in Orlando.
“I’m not complaining about it, I keep practicing hard and I know with my game I’ll just get better,” he added.
Trippier started his career at City but was forced to leave following the arrival of the owner from Abu Dhabi in 2008. He played for Burnley before Spurs paid 3.5 million pounds in 2015 to take him to North London.
“The best decision for me is to go to Burnley, play every week and try to get to the top of my game again,” he said.
“Walker has gone now, we are very close and have been meeting each other since in the UK U-19 team. I have sent a message to him hoping he will succeed at his new club. But now is a great opportunity for me to work hard in pre-season, impress as many managers as I can. Hopefully get more playing opportunities, “Trippier said.
With Walker and Liverpool player Nathaniel Clyne also struggling to earn a place in the starting XI of England, the rivalry that Trippier will endure will be tough. But that does not make him afraid to try as hard as possible next season.
“I have to thank the manager. I have learned a lot from managers and players since coming here. He taught me many things in defense. My dream is to play for England. I always want to try to do it, I’ve tried and tried. I’m at the best club for me now. Whenever I play I want to do my best for Tottenham. Hopefully my performance will be good enough to be selected into the English team, “he continued.
“I already feel it and I am more hungry. There is a World Cup next year which is my target. I just have to do my best for Tottenham. There’s Walker in Manchester City, Clyne in Liverpool, so there’s tough competition. I just need to focus on myself and believe in myself, “he concluded. (Source: HITC)