By Danny Wright
Kieran Trippier has said how Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino pranked him when he learned of his call-up to England duty.
The 26-year-old could earn his first senior international cap against either Scotland on Saturday or France next Tuesday, but has said how Pochettino got him worried while they were on their post-season trip to Hong Kong.
The right-back has also revealed that the Spurs boss even got club captain Hugo Lloris in on the act, who could be his opponent in the friendly clash with France next week.
“He called me in and said ‘I know what you did last night’,” said Trippier on the Argentine, as quoted by the Sun.
“I thought I was in trouble even though I didn’t do anything. He scared me and brought in Hugo, the captain. I thought ‘did I do something last night? No I didn’t’.
“He then said – congratulations, you have been called into England.”
Trippier was in fine form for Tottenham towards the end of the season as he pushed Kyle Walker out of Pochettino’s first-team plans.
He only played in three league games up until the start of March, but all together made 12 Premier League appearances and supplied five assists, with two of them coming on the final day of the season in the 7-1 mauling of Hull.
The former Burnley full-back has two Under-21 caps to his name and isn’t the only uncapped senior international in the squad as highly-rated Middlesbrough stopper Ben Gibson joins him in Gareth Southgate’s plans.
England are currently top of Group F and look well on their way to qualifying for the Russian World Cup which will be taking place next summer.
Saturday’s opponents Scotland are fourth in the group and six points behind the Three Lions.
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