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Kieran Trippier called up to England squad for the first time since Newcastle move

Newcastle United defender Kieran Trippier has been called up to the England squad by manager Gareth Southgate.

The Three Lions are in Nations League action next month, taking on Hungary twice, Germany and Italy.

It’s the first time Trippier has been called up to the England squad since his move to Newcastle, having missed the last international break due to injury.

While the 31-year-old is an England regular, receiving a call-up as a Toon player is certainly a big deal.

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He becomes the first Newcastle player to be called up for England since Andros Townsend in 2016. It’s taken six years for another call-up!

Trippier won’t be joined by any other Magpies, with Southgate continuing to ignore the fine form of Dan Burn. Then again, you’d struggle to find anyone outside the North East banging the ‘Burn for England’ drum.

But Trippier will be meeting up with someone who recently had something to say about one of his Toon teammates.

Trippier can question Grealish about his Almiron comment

Manchester City won the Premier League title on Sunday, and paraded the trophy on Monday.

Pep Guardiola’s players clearly enjoyed the celebrations, having a few beers to toast another successful season. Jack Grealish was one of those players, celebrating his first major trophy one year after joining Man City.

Amid those celebrations, the £100million player found time to have a pop at our very own Miguel Almiron.

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Grealish appeared on Bernardo Silva’s Instagram, and said Riyad Mahrez ‘played like Almiron’ against Aston Villa, and that’s why he was substituted.

What has Almiron ever done to upset anyone?! It was a strange and unnecessary comment from Grealish.

The Man City attacker has been called up to the England squad too, so perhaps he’ll be questioned by Trippier. Hopefully the Newcastle man defends his Toon teammate asks Grealish to explain his words, if he hasn’t already.

What Grealish said isn’t the end of the world, it’ll go down as harmless fun. However, it felt inappropriate. He’ll get a frosty reception at St James’ Park next season, that’s for sure.

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