Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier ready for different World Cup emotions this summer
PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 May 2018
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The full-back praised club boss Mauricio Pochettino and spoke about the memories he has from the 2014 World Cup
Kieran Trippier will know all about the ecstasy or anguish every England fan feels watching the World Cup this summer, having gone through those emotions himself during previous tournaments.
Less than a year after he made his Three Lions bow against France, Trippier will be part of Gareth Southgate’s 23-man travelling party to Russia, where he and his international colleagues will hope to provide joy for the millions watching back home.
Trippier, 27, has been in their very position in front of his dad Chris’ big screen in Bury and his most vivid memory was one of England’s most frustrating episodes.
“When (Frank) Lampard’s goal against Germany (wasn’t given in 2010), I nearly smashed my dad’s tele through,” the Tottenham full-back said.
“That really annoyed me! Every World Cup’s exciting and this one’s going to be no different. My dad has a big barbecue. 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.
“Every time England play, even was I young, I was always excited. I just loved watching England.”
If the smell of the barbecue does not indicate when England are playing, the giant St George’s Cross flying in the Trippier family’s garden will.
And though the local authorities have taken a dim view in the past, the full-back admits plans might have to be made for someone else to hoist the flag if his dad follows his son in Russia.
“I can’t even tell you how big it was, it was massive,” Trippier added in interviews on BBC Radio 5 live and talkSPORT. “In the front garden, the council were complaining, ‘Take it down!’
“My dad’s a mad England fan, he’s just proud and that’s how it should be. My nan lives only two doors down the street so I’ll get her to put it up and see if the council come round again!”
Trippier has only won five caps but could be Southgate’s first-choice right-back at the World Cup, having appeared in twice as many Premier League games this season compared to last.
That was due to Kyle Walker’s departure from Spurs to Manchester City last summer, and Trippier’s ex-club colleague’s possible switch inside at international level could ensure the former rivals play together for the Three Lions.
They are just two of the players that have benefited from Mauricio Pochettino’s guidance at Tottenham, who have more England players than any other team, and Trippier believes the Argentinian deserves credit for developing England’s players at club level.
“You see the players that have played under him and have made their debuts for England - that speaks for itself,” Trippier added.
“I’ve learned a lot off the manager. He’s unbelievable. Even when I wasn’t playing, the way he put the arm around you and said, ‘Just be patient’. That’s what I had to do for two years.
“Walks left and there’s more competition with Serge (Aurier) in but it gave me extra motivation when I got my England debut to keep working hard.”