Ex-Tottenham Hotspur man Kieran Trippier and Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold will be vying for that England right-back spot.
Last season, Liverpool defender Trent Alexander Arnold saw his career head towards new heights as he was helping his boyhood club win the European Cup, but not far from him on the same pitch in Madrid, the career of then Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier was heading into the other direction.
Trippier’s form had completely dropped since his World Cup heroics the summer before, and as a result, he had lost his England place, with Trent Alexander-Arnold starting for Gareth Southgate’s side during their UEFA Nations League outing this summer.
It could be argued that many felt that Alexander-Arnold was going to make the right-back place his own, given his form, continual rise and age. Not only that, it could have been also argued that Trippier would now struggle to return to England’s set-up given the players that were seemingly ahead of him – TAA, Kyle Walker and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
One of the many reasons why fans felt like that was because of the quality now ahead of Trippier, he had recently been dropped completely by Southgate and the defensive side of his game was being questioned.
But since Trippier’s move to Atletico Madrid in the summer, where he is working under the highly-rated Diego Simeone, he has made a surprise return to the England set-up – he started the 4-0 win over Bulgaria on Saturday.
Whilst many would have perhaps expected the high-flying Alexander-Arnold to start for his country at full-back, he might now be in for a surprise and given Trippier’s recent comments, he might have made a move in the summer that has perhaps saved his England career.
The defensive side of Trippier’s game was being questioned, but he recently shared the influence Simeone has had on his game, as he backed the defensive expert to take his game to the next level, as quoted by Marca.
If Trippier can take his game to the next level then the 28-year-old might just surprise a number of people and find himself on that plane for next summer’s European Championships – and with it, perhaps starting! A great comeback considering where his career was heading not so long ago.
When the final whistle blew in Madrid in June, not many would have predicted Trippier to be in this position, but given the quality of coach he is now working under, he might just push all those high-quality England right-backs out of the way, including Alexander-Arnold and retain his place in Southgate’s starting XI for the medium to long term.