Kieran Trippier accepted Gareth Southgate made the right call to omit him from England’s UEFA Nations League squad.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has omitted Trippier from club fixtures several times. The full-back was, in fact, an unused substitute for three of their final six Premier League games.
It marked a sad turnaround for Trippier, who had starred in England’s run to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals in Russia. The notable highlight was his brilliant 25-yard free-kick against runners-up Croatia in the last four.
But Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate decided to leave Trippier out of his 23-man squad for the Nations League finals. Instead, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Manchester City’s Kyle Walker will occupy his spot.
However, the 28-year-old understands Southgate’s decision and opened on how he plans to get back into the England team.
“I’m grateful for all the opportunities that he [Southgate] gave me anyway,” said Trippier, according to Goal.
“I know what I need to do to get back in that England team.
“I need to be playing better and it’s right that I’m not in the squad because I haven’t been performing well, I know that.
“Trent and Kyle have been unbelievable this season. They deserve to be playing and I don’t, simple as that, I know that for a fact.
“I need to regroup in the summer, get fully fit, come back flying in the new season and try and catch Gareth Southgate’s eye again.”
Trippier added: “I’m the first one to know if I play badly and I’m willing to admit that, but it’s something you can learn from.
“The season’s gone now, I’m happy it’s gone but the England situation, yeah, it’s a tough one to take but I’m willing to accept Gareth’s decision.”
Trippier made 38 appearances for Spurs in all competitions this season. He also started in Saturday’s 2-0 Champions League final defeat to Liverpool in Madrid.
Meanwhile, England will meet the Netherlands for their semi-final clash on Thursday in Guimaraes.