Tottenham fullback Kieran Trippier has recalled personal experience watching the World Cup as an England fan, and aims to give supporters more joy than despair this summer.
Kieran Trippier made his England debut less than a year ago against France, and will now be part of Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad at the World Cup this summer.
Despite the pressure, he is aiming to provide joy for Three Lions fans in Russia and for the millions watching at home.
The 27-year-old reveals that he is a huge England supporter himself and recalled some amusing memories from previous tournaments. The stand-out memory for the defender came in 2010 – Sat in front of his dad’s television in Bury – Trippier describes the anguish he felt when Frank Lampard’s goal was disallowed against Germany, in an interview with BBC Radio 5.
Seven years ago today.— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 27, 2017
Frank Lampard vs. Germany.
The ‘goal’ that wasn’t given for England. pic.twitter.com/PKsmeZzvOz
“Every World Cup’s exciting and this one’s going to be no different.
“My dad has a big barbecue there. My brothers, all my family, we used to always have the World Cup on at my dad’s house, there’s a big screen outside.
“It was just a family get together, it was major and exciting. I’ve always wanted England to do well since I was young. It’s important, friends, family, England are playing, it’s a massive thing.”
Trippier is likely to start as the first-choice right-wing-back for Southgate, with Kyle Walker having been adapted to play as the right-sided centre-back in a back three, despite having made just five caps for his country, although he has played over double the amount of minutes for Spurs this season in the Premier League.
Fans will hope the former Burnley man can continue in his recent purple-patch, providing steady defensive performances while creating danger in the opposition final third with byline cut-backs and out-swinging crosses for deadly team-mate Harry Kane.