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Trippier insists FA betting charge not distracting him from playing for England

Kieran Trippier insists he will “always give his all” for England despite the potential FA ban hanging over him.

Trippier missed last month’s Nations League tie with Denmark to attend a personal hearing about his outstanding betting charge which could lead to a lengthy ban.

Atletico Madrid full-back Trippier was charged by the Football Association in May following a string of bets placed on his move from Tottenham to Spain in 2019.

But Trippier, 30, said: “I can’t speak about anything about the FA case but I’m just thinking positive. I just need to concentrate on my football, with my club and I’m here now with England so I’m just concentrating on my football.

“Trying to give my all like I’ve done throughout my whole career and tomorrow or whenever I next play will be no different.

“My love’s always been there and it always will. I’ve just been focusing on my football for my club, for my country when I’ve been called up and, like I said, we’ve had a good start with Atletico.

“Like you guys know, I love coming away with England, every opportunity I get if I get picked by England so my thought is just enjoying my football, like I have been doing for my whole career, for my club and country.”

Trippier is so passionate about playing for his country, has always relished the chance and it was a special moment when Gareth Southgate gave him the armband when England played Wales in a friendly in October.

England boss Southgate loves Trippier’s passion but would have also known the personal hearing was around the corner and it was a big show of faith in his right back.

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“Being captain of my captain is a huge honour and playing against Wales as well, it was a good game to be involved in,” said Trippier.

“That’s the biggest highlight of my career, to be named captain of my country and to lead the team out, especially at Wembley. That was something I’ll never forget.”

Trippier has one of the most fiercely contested positions on the pitch as he is up against Kyle walker (who can also play in the back three), Trent Alexander-Arnold and also Reece James.

But Trippier hopes that his experiences in Spain, his determination to improve at Atletico Madrid and pushing himself might just give him an edge as others have done by moving abroad.

Trippier added: “When I was leaving Tottenham, I knew I needed to play at the highest level because I didn’t quite make the Nations League squad at the time and I knew what I needed to do to try to get back into the set-up so moving to Atletico Madrid, I feel, was a big step for me.

“To play for one of the best managers and most importantly to learn, especially I feel I needed to improve on my defending and I feel like I’ve learned a lot from playing with my teammates, different culture, I’ve learned a lot about myself.”

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