England right-back Kieran Trippier has declared that he is hoping to supply the bullets for Harry Kane and co. and is taking inspiration from David Beckham’s infamously pinpoint delivery.
While Beckham was never able to lead his country to success in a major tournament, the quality of his delivery over the years never wavered. Whether it be a cross, a corner or free kick, the former number 7 could always be relied to put the ball where it was needed at the right time.
This time round at this summer’s World Cup, it is Kieran Tripper who has been handed the responsibility of getting the ball in from the right flank, as he has so far been the first choice right wing back in Southgate’s interesting 3-3-2-2 formation over in Russia.
Not only has it been whipping the ball in from the right, but he has been entrusted with taking the free-kicks and corners, which is certainly is better than asking Harry Kane to be on corner duty…but surely nobody would that, right?
So good has Trippiers delivery been, some have even described the Spurs full back as the ‘Bury Beckham’, something which the former Burnley man is clearly proud of:
“He was a fantastic deliverer of the ball. He scored so many free-kicks and created so much throughout his career. All I can do is keep doing the best I can and every opportunity I get I’ll try to put balls in like David Beckham,” said Trippier.
“I always liked how David Beckham played – his set-plays and his dead balls.”
However, while clearly using Beckham as an inspiration for the quality of his delivery, it was Beckhams partner down the right flank who is seemingly the real inspiration to Trippier’s style of play.
He recently admitted that Gary Neville was an idol for him whilst growing up, and he has once again spoken highly of Sky Sports’ most vocal pundit:
“Gary Neville played a similar position to me. Defensively and offensively he was a quality player for Manchester United and England. His trophies speak for themselves.
“I loved Gary Neville’s energy, to get up and down for 90 minutes and his leadership as well. He was always organising, he was passionate. It was just his all-round game. He was a quality defender and could also chip in with a goal and an assist.”
Neville was on the England coaching staff between 2012 and 2016 under Roy Hodgson’s management, although Trippier hasn’t broken into the side until more recently. However the Spurs man has admitted he would have like to receive some advice from the former England star:
“It would have been nice to work with him and learn from him. Hopefully down the line I’ll bump into him and have a conversation with him.”