Newcastle United defender Kieran Trippier has always appeared likely to be going to the World Cup with England. But now it looks like he could be a nailed on starter for Gareth Southgate.
Trippier has been involved in the Three Lions’ previous two major tournaments, and played a big role. He scored in the World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia, and provided an assists in the European Championship final loss to Italy.
The 32-year-old is an important player for club and country, which is a testament to his ability given how many good right-backs England have right now.
Kyle Walker, Reece James and Trent Alexander-Arnold are all exceptional players. But so is Trippier. He was recently called ‘unbelievable‘ by Toon teammate Callum Wilson.
And news out of Manchester City and the latest development from Chelsea mean that Trippier might be a guaranteed starter for Southgate in Qatar.
Reece James now unlikely to join Kieran Trippier at the World Cup
It was confirmed last week that Walker has undergone surgery groin surgery and is now a doubt for the World Cup. Now another England right-back is in danger of missing the tournament.
James was substituted early in Chelsea’s midweek Champions League win over AC Milan. And there are now fears that he will be unavailable for selection due to a knee injury.
According to the Daily Mail, the 22-year-old’s injury is worse than initially feared. He could now be out of action for six to eight weeks.
If that is the case, James’ World Cup hopes are in tatters. It’s incredibly bad news for Southgate, who could now be without two of his top defenders.
And if James and Walker are injured, it surely means that Trippier is guaranteed to start for the Three Lions. That won’t worry Southgate at all, given how good the £12million man has been in recent years.
Trippier can be just as potent in attack, with his crossing ability and set pieces making him a real weapon. And we have seen how his experience has helped Newcastle since his arrival in January. That will serve England well at a major tournament.
England’s other option is Alexander-Arnold. However, Southgate doesn’t seem fully convinced on the Liverpool defender.
Therefore, Trippier is surely guaranteed to start at the World Cup if Walker and James are going to be ruled out.