The Bury Beckham: Trippier modelled his game on England superstar
Jul 06 2018
He's undoubtedly been one of England's star performers so far and if social media is an accurate measure, he's arguably the best right-sided defender at the tournament.
He has been one of the successes of the World Cup for Gareth Southgate - firing a superb penalty in the shootout triumph over Colombia - and a vital member of the team.
Who would create the chances for the talented collection of forward players, in particular centre-forward Harry Kane?
Colombia coach Jose Pekerman remarkably criticised that approach and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho spoke of "exaggeration on theatre by the players" - accusations that surprised right-back Trippier.
According to statistics by Opta, the top three creators of chances in this tournament are Brazil's Neymar, Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne and Trippier.
"Somebody mentioned that to me - not bad for a Bury lad!"
A Swedish reporter quotes a scout for Sweden's team who has suggested England lack the fluency and pace to penetrate their defence.
"They've not been under that much pressure, I think their opposition has backed off quite a bit, so they've been given the opportunity to move it nice and slow". For me, it would have to be Trippier or Kyle Walker (to leave out).
'I have always wanted to be in this position where I play for my country in a World Cup. If one wing-back is higher, the other one tucks back just to make it four at the back.
"I went for a tackle with [Radamel] Falcao and he just dropped to the floor and I just said to him "just get up". not quite like that. He is a really positive manager, I can't speak highly enough of him", he said.
There is also a giant television where family and friends have been able to watch the games from Russian Federation, including Tuesday's win over Colombia, which featured Trippier scoring in the shoot-out. I've seen the videos of them going insane when (Eric) Dier scored the winning penalty.
When asked if England were a streetwise team, Trippier, admitting the Three Lions' gamesmanship, said it's nothing that hasn't been done to them before.
Southgate's men came in for some rough treatment during the 6-1 group-stage romp against Panama and a youthful side showed they could certainly hang tough with such an approach against Colombia. They were watching over the hedges. "I haven't got an issue with those comments, we just need to focus on ourselves and play like we do".
A number of Trippier's family members will be out in Russian Federation for the quarter-final having watched the Colombia triumph back in Summerseat, where a 20ft high flagpole displays a huge St George's Cross with "Trippier 2" on it.
"My family will come out for that". 'We'll maybe keep the telly on for people to watch, ' he jokes.
"I used to go and watch him every week, watching his training sessions at Oldham, playing there, kicking it against the wall". It's great for our club that one of our players is going to be watching England play.
Trippier also studied the delivery techniques of some of the finest in the game. He is a key component of a defensive unit growing in stature and a player rightly being heralded as England's finest crosser of the ball since David Beckham.