Stuart Pearce defends Tottenham Hotspur's Kieran Trippier ahead of England call-up, praises Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Gareth Southgate, England manager is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and AFC Bournemouth at John Smith's Stadium on March 09, 2019 in...

Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier was called up to the England squad, while Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka missed out.

Kieran Trippier of Tottenham Hotspur and Alex Iwobi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC at Wembley Stadium on March 02, 2019 in London,...

TalkSport pundit Stuart Pearce has stated that Tottenham ace Kieran Trippier has 'got enough credit in the tank' to earn his call-up to the England squad ahead of Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka. 

Ahead of the Three Lions' Euro 2020 qualifiers, Gareth Southgate has named three right-backs in his squad, Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Trippier, as reported by BBC Sport.

That meant that someone like Wan-Bissaka, who has been in fine form for Palace this season, missed out on earning his maiden call-up.


Speaking to Drivetime on talkSPORT (13/03/2019 5:10 pm), Pearce explained why someone like Trippier should in the England squad ahead of his London rival.  

“Wan-Bissaka has done very well this year,” Pearce told talkSPORT. “But there are three right-backs in there already. You don't add another one to your mix. Which one do you leave out?

“Do you leave Trent out? Do you leave Walker out? Or Trippier? I mean Trippier, I saw him play against Arsenal and it looks as though he has lost a little bit of confidence at the moment.

Referee Kevin Friend awards a free kick to Tottenham as Kieran Trippier of Tottenham Hotspur and Max Meyer, Wilfried Zaha and Jeffrey Schlupp of Crystal Palace look on during the FA Cup...

“He has got enough credit in the tank in the last year or so to suggest that he should be in the squad again. It's a difficult one."

There is no doubt that Southgate is well blessed in the full-back department, with the likes of Walker, Alexander-Arnold, Wan-Bissaka, Trippier, Danny Rose, Luke Shaw, Ben Chilwell & Ryan Bertrand all capable of making the cut. 

Either way, Southgate will be pleased with the depth and quality of players he has in those departments because it increases the competition in the country. 

Over the course of the season, Trippier, who was one of his country's best players at last summers World Cup in Russia, has played 23 Premier League games for Spurs, scoring one goal and supplying three assists [transfermarkt]

By contrast, Wan-Bissaka, who is enjoying a breakthrough campaign at Selhurst Park, has played 27 league games, supplying two assists [transfermarkt], but his numbers don't really showcase the threat he has been on those flanks. 

Alireza Jahanbakhsh of Brighton & Hove Albion tackles Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion at Selhurst Park...

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