Keown: I am jealous of Tottenham, 26-year-old deserves first England call-up
By Will Butcher
Martin Keown is jealous of the current Spurs squad and believes Kieran Trippier should be given a chance in the England team.
Trippier, 26, was given a chance to start against Watford at White Hart Lane on Saturday and produced a man of the match performance.
Former Arsenal defender Keown told BBC One’s Match of the Day on Sunday that he was a fan of Tottenham’s England contingent, and spoke of his envy as Pochettino’s side sit 14 points above the Gunners in second place.
Keown, a 43-time international with the Three Lions, also claimed that Trippier has shown enough quality to replace Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne in Gareth Southgate’s squad.
“I love the core of English players at Spurs,” Keown said. “Trippier deserves a place in the England squad above Clyne, because when he plays he’s absolutely magnificent.
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“You have young men taking responsibility at Spurs. At White Hart Lane, fans know they have a strong team. I watch from envy from north London because they do have such a top team.”
Trippier made just his 16th league and cup appearance of the season for Spurs, as they kept the pressure on league leaders Chelsea with a comfortable victory.
Dele Alli opened the scoring with a sublime curling effort from long range, before England teammate Eric Dier doubled the lead with a powerful strike on the edge of the area.
South Korea international Son Heung-Min then joined the party, curling in an audacious effort before Trippier’s inch-perfect cross was volleyed home by Son in the second half.
The win leaves Spurs seven points behind Chelsea with seven league games to go. Spurs host Bournemouth next Saturday while Antonio Conte’s side face a tough test in Man United.
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