Tak­ing Trip to Burn­ley so cru­cial

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - By PAUL HETHER­ING­TON

KIERAN TRIP­PIER has re­vealed the best de­ci­sion of his life – quit­ting Manch­ester City for Burn­ley.

That was six years ago and it gave him a first-team plat­form which led to a move to Tot­ten­ham and now a place in Eng­land’s World Cup squad.

The right-back, 27, said: “At City, I knew I was never go­ing to get an op­por­tu­nity. I knew I needed to go out and get games and I went to Barns­ley on loan first.

“I think it was the best de­ci­sion of my life to sign for Burn­ley on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

“I was play­ing week in, week out in the Cham­pi­onship get­ting ex­pe­ri­ence at a young age and play­ing against men.

“I’ve just built on that re­ally. My dream was al­ways to play in the Premier League and I did it with Burn­ley and then signed for Spurs.

“At City, there was the takeover of the club and that was a big fac­tor. They were buy­ing lots of play­ers and there were lots of them in front of me.

“In my po­si­tion at the time they had Micah Richards and Pablo Za­baleta – fan­tas­tic play­ers.”

City’s spend­ing power, iron­i­cally, helped Trip­pier this sea­son when they signed Kyle Walker from Tot­ten­ham.

“It’s been an im­por­tant sea­son for me,” said Trip­pier. “Walks left for City and I’ve had a lot if com­pe­ti­tion with him, both at Tot­ten­ham and with Eng­land. Then Serge Aurier came in at Spurs.

“So I knew I had an­other bat­tle on my hands. But I kept work­ing hard on the train­ing field and knew with the World Cup com­ing up I needed to play as many games as I could to get se­lected.

“To be here, to say I’ve been play­ing for Eng­land for a year, is an amaz­ing feel­ing. I’m hon­oured. Ob­vi­ously, Walks has played in the back three for Eng­land re­cently and I played at full-back, so we were both in the team.”

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