Nobody outperformed Kieran Trippier as England rampaged into the semi-finals of the World Cup and he is surely a shoo-in for the team of the tournament.
Many were concerned about losing Kyle Walker’s attacking thrust down the right flank but Trippier stepped in with incredible results, providing a steady stream of chances with his expert delivery.
On top of that, he was imperious in one-against-one situations and shone in the right wing-back role, offering something of a positional dilemma for Mauricio Pochettino when he returns to action for Tottenham.
In a way that only the World Cup can, England’s run deep into the tournament captured the hearts of the nation and turned above-average Premier League players into national icons and Trippier was as popular as anyone.
That’s why he has been given the freedom of his hometown Bury – where England legend Gary Neville was also born – and we’ve looked at the reaction of some Spurs fans…
— ….. @… (@KopsVeryOwn) July 14, 2018
Name the stadium.after him
— Ross Jacobs ☕️ (@riddley82) July 14, 2018
I hope he puts the key in the top corner of his glass cabinet
— S🚹⛎ (@stu_a_rt) July 14, 2018
Brilliant!! He's now allowed, according to old Bury tradition,to walk his sheep over the Baltic (a road into Bury town centre from Parkhills). Sorry Ross a crap fact as my family are all from Bury. I'm sure tripps can't wait…
— Daniel Kozyra (@D_KozyraTailor) July 14, 2018
Hes already suffered enough poor lad
— riddler (@riddler_smitb) July 14, 2018
Why stop there, just give him the keys to 10 Downing Street.
— Jacob (@iamjacobliving) July 14, 2018
Give him the golden ball
— 0 World cup titles, 0 texts back (@michael_jorgan) July 14, 2018