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Kieran Trippier’s last World Cup campaign chalked up a big bill

Kieran Trippier will pick up the bill for his wife, three children, mother and three brothers to follow him into Qatar – but his biggest bill could yet be a Bury Council fine.

It was during the last World Cup in Russia that the heads of the game-loving council insulted the defender’s parents by erecting a giant flag of St. George bearing their son’s name in the front yard of their two-room apartment in Ramsbottom.

Trippier’s childhood home had become a hub for family and friends to watch England’s journey to the final four, transforming the backyard into a beer garden. So, will it be too cold this time?

Trippier could be fined by Bury Council for his parents’ antics during the 2018 World Cup

It was during the last World Cup in Russia (above) that the council took offense to the defender’s parents by erecting a giant flag of Saint George with their son’s name in their yard

‘No not really!’ says the Newcastle captain, whose extended family all live in the surrounding streets. ‘The municipality is probably still correct from last time. They said, “Flag down!” It was on a massive pole, about 25-30 feet high. No one had complained so I don’t know how they found out. But Dad didn’t take it, so we had to pay the fine.’

Did he cover the costs?

‘Of course I did! The streets were full – my aunts, uncles, grandmothers. It’s a proud moment for them because I never thought I’d get one cap, let alone almost 40. And yes, we still have the flag…”

Trippier’s father, bricklayer Chris, won’t be in Qatar – ‘He’s getting too nervous, he’ll be looking in the garden!’ – but thoughts of home will never be far from the player’s mind.

“We are a family that grew up really penniless – four boys in a small town hall with two beds. I’m the youngest, so you can imagine what the household was like. I always look back and realize how much Mom and Dad sacrificed to be in the position I’m in. That’s why I always want to give something back.’

Trippier heads to the World Cup as arguably England’s most in form player. He has been a revelation on Tyneside, heralded by insiders as the most influential of all the club’s signings since the Saudi-led takeover, and so has Brazilian playmaker and terrace favorite Bruno Guimaraes.

He traded Champions League football with La Liga winners Atletico Madrid for a relegation scrap at St James’ Park in January, and there’s no doubt he’s all the better for it.

“I know I’m 32, but I’m not slowing down. When I was at Atletico Madrid with (Diego) Simeone, he worked very hard for me, defensively, offensively, as a person on and off the pitch. I think I have returned to the Premier League as a more complete player.

He will pick up the bill for his wife, children, mother and brothers to follow him in Qatar

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“But I’ve learned a lot since I came here (with Eddie Howe). I have more confidence, I am more hungry and when you go into a tournament you have to be at a good level, both individually and collectively. I definitely feel like I’m going on the back of good performances. I feel like I’m playing the best football of my career.”

Trippier reminded Gareth Southgate of his deadball expertise when he netted a penalty in Newcastle’s Carabao Cup shootout win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday night. It was, of course, him who scored England’s last goal in a World Cup, a free kick to put them ahead against Croatia four years ago before losing the semi-final 2-1. Which brings us back to the family garden in Ramsbottom.

“When I was younger, I would watch David Beckham on YouTube for hours and hours and because of his deliveries, I tried to mimic what he did on a field,” he says. “I’m always confident (from deadballs), I don’t feel any pressure.”

Still in the garden, a World Cup memory from 2010.

“We had a big TV up,” Trippier recalls, then 19. “I remember Frank Lampard against Germany when it went over the line (the goal wasn’t given and England lost 4-1). The people were smoking!’

If there was anger then, it was nothing compared to the frustration of that defeat against Croatia.

Trippier and his England teammates start the World Cup later this month

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“It’s hard to let go, I’m not going to lie, be beaten in a semi-final when you know you were so close,” he says. ‘We could have been 3-0 up in the first 45 minutes. It’s all about fine margins against a top team. But since then we’ve all achieved things, now we want to rectify that and make one more final. We have a very good team that is going to win the tournament. That has to be the mentality – a winning mentality.’

The other final was Euro 2020 – England’s first since 1966 – where they were defeated by Italy on penalties. With that in mind, Trippier says Southgate has been treated harshly because of more recent, worse results.

Gareth is a fantastic manager. The record of a semi-final and final speaks for itself. I feel like he has brought everyone – the fans, the nation – together with the players. He brought that unit back. He certainly deserves more respect.’

One thing the Trippiers are unlikely to respect is the wishes of Bury Council.


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