Kieran Trippier isn't scared of admitting England have high standards

‘We want to win it’: Kieran Trippier isn’t scared of admitting England have high standards after the last two major tournaments… and the Newcastle star is backing the squad and manager to go one step further at the World Cup in Qatar

  • Kieran Trippier has insisted England want to win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
  • The Newcastle right-back believes the 26-man squad has a wealth of top talent 
  • Trippier also reveals there are significant challenges to overcome off the field
  • Three Lions will face Iran, USA and Wales in the group-stages of the tournament
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Kieran Trippier isn’t scared to say what we are all thinking.

‘We shouldn’t be afraid going into the tournament saying we can win it,’ replied the England right-back when asked about expectation levels heading into Qatar.

‘We set high standards by getting to a semi-final of a World Cup and a final of a Euros. Obviously we want to go one step further to actually win a tournament.

Kieran Trippier isn’t scared of admitting England have high standards after recent success

The Three Lions reached the final at Euro 2020 and the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup

‘We all feel confident as a group, we’ve got a fantastic 26 man squad – unbelievable talent in there.

‘Mixture of experience and youth. We shouldn’t be going into a tournament saying we should be scared of saying we want to win it. That shouldn’t be the case, we should go there with that winning mindset.’

He’s right. Historically, there has been a reluctance from previous England teams to talk up their chances at major tournaments in hope managing expectations.

Newcastle right-back Trippier believes they have a fantastic squad with a wealth of talent

The pessimism has been just, of course.

But we’d see through such cynicism now. England, notwithstanding a worrying set of results heading into Qatar, go into the World Cup as genuine contenders.

There’s no escaping that and Trippier is comfortable with embracing such lofty expectations.

The right-back has every reason to be assertive in his convictions, too. His performances for Newcastle this season have been exemplary.

No defender has created more chances in the Premier League than Trippier. Only Kevin De Bruyne and Andreas Pereira have conjured more.

No defender has created more chances in the Premier League this season than Kieran Trippier

He’s one of the undisputed leaders of Newcastle’s stirring resurgence under Eddie Howe.

For now, though, Trippier is throwing all his energy into success with England.

‘If you look at nearly every player in the England squad, they are having to deal with pressure every day,’ said the Newcastle full-back.

‘They are all playing massive competitions anyway: Champions League, Europa League. So they are all under that pressure anyway and all dealing with it – coming away with England should be no different.

‘We feel like we have a great squad to deal with the pressure. For me it’s no problem – I want to go to that tournament to win.’

There’ll be obstacles to overcome, of course. Primarily the football: on paper England appear to have a group they should routinely qualify from with games against Iran, USA and Wales.

Trippier also revealed that there will be significant challenges to overcome off the field

Yet, the prospect of meeting reigning world champions France in the quarter-finals is not lost on the nation, either.

But as is always the case in tournament football, there are significant challenges to overcome off the field.

The England players will have plenty of time to consider their own thoughts.

That can be tough, particularly when you’re so far away from home. Some players thrive in their own company. Others will need a cuddle.

Trippier said; ‘For me personally, I’m used to it (being away from home for a long period) now and my family is used to it. My wife can’t wait for me get away!

‘But the most important thing is if players go through moments where they are down or missing their families – myself, Harry Maguire, Harry Kane and all the older people are there.

Trippier, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and the older players will be available to chat with others

‘It’s good to speak to people to make sure they are okay because they might be going through bad days.

‘Everybody goes through bad days – but we have that great unity within the squad to notice if someone is feeling down.’

With that in mind, it may be wise for certain players to give social media a miss during the tournament.

When England are excelling, internet platforms such as Twitter and Instagram are awash with positivity – the videos of wild celebrations during World Cup 2018 and Euro 2020 a case in point.

But during tournaments, perhaps more than ever, the web is often swirling with sickening negativity – the disgusting racial abuse suffered by Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho after last summer’s Euros final defeat to Italy serves as a harrowing reminder of all that is wrong with social media.

Trippier explains: ‘I’m old enough now – everyone is entitled to their own opinion so for myself its okay.

‘But you don’t want negativity in the group. But I feel we have a manager who sets the tone.

Trippier feels they have a manager in Gareth Southgate who sets the tone for the entire squad

‘We’ve got a really good group, we are like a family, I think we have shown that over the past two tournaments. 

‘We’ve got a really good group, we are like a family, I think we have shown that over the past two tournaments.

‘So there’s certainly no negatively around the England camp – it’s a great laugh really.’

We all hope we’re laughing on December 18.




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