Kieran Trippier speaks about England’s spirit and his first World Cup experiences

Thursday 21 Jun 2018
Kieran Trippier is at his first senior FIFA World Cup, having previously been involved in the U20 edition in 2009

Everyone in the camp is still buzzing from the outcome of the game on Monday.

Obviously, it was a massive result for us. To score in the last few moments to win it, on top of how we handled the game, it was just a big win and we’re all looking forward to the next game now.

Kieran Trippier
  • Born: Bury, 19 September 1990
  • Clubs: Manchester City, Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur
  • Caps: U18, U19, U20, U21, Senior
  • Twitter: @Trippier2

For me personally, being involved was a real honour. Just meeting up with the squad in the first place after getting picked was amazing, so when the first game came around I was so excited and couldn’t wait to get going.

I was over the moon when I got picked to play against Tunisia and as soon as I walked out on the pitch, I was thrilled with excitement to make my debut in the World Cup.

I was happy with my performance too. I just try to take every opportunity I get and create as much as I can for my team-mates. First and foremost, it was good to get the nod to play and then to help the team get the win.

Playing in a World Cup is something I’ve always dreamt of since I was a boy and it’s been a long time coming as we’ve been together for a few weeks now to prepare for the tournament.

Playing in a World Cup has been a dream


Although, I have to admit it was really my second World Cup debut. Not many people will remember or know about this, but I also played for England in the U20 World Cup in Egypt in 2009.

We qualified for that World Cup after reaching the U19 Euro Final in Ukraine earlier that year, when Kyle Walker and Danny Welbeck were also in the same squad.

Unfortunately we lost to Ukraine in the Final in Donetsk, but we qualified for the World Cup as a result and that was a great experience for all of us.

I remember that trip because, unfortunately, quite a few of the players from the previous Euro squad pulled out of the World Cup. That obviously affected us going into the tournament, but we still went there trying to win.

We played Uruguay, Ghana and Uzbekistan, we lost the first two and drew 1-1 with Uzbekistan and ended up going out of the group stage, so it’s something you learn from and here I am in Russia at a senior World Cup almost ten years later.

In action for England against Uzbekistan at the U20 World Cup in Egypt in 2009

And getting more games for England can only build your confidence, so I’m just thrilled to be here and hopefully I can take all of that into every game.

Back home, my dad has his big England flag up outside the house, as he does for every single tournament that we’re involved in, but this year they’ll be coming out to support me and that will be a proud moment for me.

Both my mum and dad are flying out with my brothers and we have loads of friends coming out too.

They’re coming out the Belgium game onwards so hopefully, touch wood, we’ll get through and they can stay out for longer.

By Kieran Trippier England and Tottenham Hotspur