Kieran Trippier accepts that he could’ve done better this season for Tottenham as competition for his right-back spot in the England team heats up.
The 28-year-old was one of the star performers last summer as England reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia for the first time since 1990.
In fact, Trippier even got the entire nation dreaming at one point when he put England ahead in their semi-final showdown with Croatia at Moscow through a stunning free-kick.
But goals from Ivan Persivic and Mario Mandzukic denied the Three Lions a first World Cup final since 1966.
Although it little to hamper Trippier’s prospects, with fans praising him for his performances last summer and comparing his free-kicks to that of his idol David Beckham.
But things at Spurs haven’t gone to plan at all for Trippier this season as he struggles to return to the kind of form he regularly displayed in the previous campaign as concerns begin to grow over his place in the England team.
“You need to play as many games as you can for your club and perform well as the manager’s always watching. It’s very good competition,” Trippier told talkSPORT.
“I could have done a lot better this season. I’ve picked up some injuries and there are games where I’ve looked back and thought ‘I could have done this better’ but it’s all about learning.
“I admit I could have done better but I’m here now and I’ve got to try and impress so I can start for England.”
When asked his long summer with England has something to do with his struggles this season at Spurs, Trippier said: “Obviously it was a long World Cup getting to the semis and stuff but you do need that break.
“You look at some players like H [Harry Kane], the lads from Manchester City, and the Premier League comes around straight away.
“It’s what we do, it’s our job and we all want to play so people can say that was the reason why but I don’t think it was. I think it’s one of those things, you get injuries.
“Rest is the most important thing and it would have been nice to have an extra week or something but the season comes around quickly so you’ve just got to get on with it.”
Trippier added: “I don’t want this to stop now, I want to keep on going as long as I can.
“We’ve got a good group, a loyal team and Gareth is loyal to his players but you need to perform for your clubs and that’s the most important thing to get selected.”