Kieran Trippier ready for ‘fierce’ England right-back competition after LaLiga glory with Atletico Madrid

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Kieran Trippier ready for ‘fierce’ England right-back competition after LaLiga glory with Atletico Madrid
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Kieran Trippier is ready for the "fierce" battle to play at right-back for England after a title-winning season at Atletico Madrid.

Trippier made something of a surprise move when he swapped Tottenham for Atletico in 2019 after falling out of favour at Spurs, but the 30-year-old has gone on to realise his ambitions of LaLiga title glory in the Spanish capital.

Trippier enjoyed a solid first season with Atletico and was one of LaLiga's top full-backs this term, helping Diego Simeone's men pip rivals Real Madrid to the title.

But the right-back has had little time to celebrate last weekend's triumph as he returned to England to quarantine, before linking up with the squad in the north east on Saturday as Euro 2020 preparations got under way.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James and Kyle Walker have also been included in a provisional group that needs to be cut from 33 to 26 on Tuesday, with Gareth Southgate facing some tough decisions.

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"It's fierce (competition)," Trippier told PA. "There's so many right-backs.

"I got left out of the Nations League and it's all about bouncing back.

“Life's all about challenges but we've got fierce competition.

"But I just need to do as well as I can for my club, try and give very good performances every week.

"But I had competition even when I was at Tottenham with Walks for a good few years, and England as well.

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"For me, it's just about doing as well as I can from a club, trying to achieve big things, especially this season and, yeah, just give my all.

“Personally, that's all I can say."

Additional reporting by PA.

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