As part of the England squad for this year’s World Cup, Kieran Trippier should be one of the proudest footballers on the planet.
Now we’re heading into the semi finals after a 2-0 victory against Sweden, our chances of winning this year’s trophy has been better than ever.
Bury-born Kieran is a footballer who has truly excelled in his right wing-back position this World Cup, setting up numerous chances and scoring in the Columbia-England penalty shootout last week.
Trippier started his football career at the Manchester City academy, making his Premiere League debut aged 23.
But his skills on the pitch, and as a right wing-back, have earned him the nickname “the Bury Beckham”, and here’s what he had to say about it.
Trippier told the BBC: “Loads of people have been saying that but I’m nowhere near Beckham’s qualities.
“He was a fantastic deliverer of the ball. He scored so many free-kicks and created so much throughout his career.
“All I can do is keep doing the best I can and every opportunity I get I’ll try to put balls in like David Beckham.”
Trippier admits he admired some of Manchester United’s biggest stars as a kid, the BBC reports, adding: “I always liked how David Beckham played – his set-plays and his dead balls.
“Gary Neville played a similar position to me. Defensively and offensively he was a quality player for Manchester United and England. His trophies speak for themselves.
“I loved Gary Neville’s energy, to get up and down for 90 minutes and his leadership as well. He was always organising, he was passionate. It was just his all-round game. He was a quality defender and could also chip in with a goal and an assist.”
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