'Stood up to the test' - Sky pundit hails Tottenham player for international performance
By Danny Wright
Sunderland icon Kevin Phillips believes that Tottenham player Kieran Trippier was one of many players to have “stood up to the test” in England’s 0-0 draw with Germany in an international friendly last week.
Trippier, 27, was on fine form for the Three Lions as they impressed in the goalless draw at Wembley and many now believe that he could potentially oust Kyle Walker from his regular spot at right-back in the future.
Against the Germans, ex-Burnley ace Trippier lined up as right wing-back in an England team that saw four uncapped players earn their debuts in the starting line-up that also included Eric Dier as captain and Danny Rose as left wing-back.
Sky Sports pundit Phillips, who has regularly appeared on television and writes columns on their website, believes that irregular starters like Trippier and others all did themselves proud in the friendly game.
“Jordan [Pickford] stood up to the test. The same as [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek and [Tammy] Abraham, Kieran Trippier and Harry Maguire, all of these young players,” he said on the Express and Star website.
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Trippier has made 12 appearances across all competitions for Tottenham this season and has emerged as one of their key players after Walker left for Manchester City in the summer.
The England international’s displays are also keeping summer signing Serge Aurier out of the side, despite many believing that the ex-Paris Saint-Germain star would be the new number one choice at right wing-back.