Mauricio Pochettino has paid tribute to Kieran Trippier as the defender prepares to take the international stage again with high-profile internationals against Germany and Brazil.
Trips’ will aim to add to his two caps for England with the friendlies on Friday (Germany) and Tuesday (Brazil) at Wembley on the back of a memorable display last time out against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Mauricio has been impressed with the manner in which the 27-year-old snapped up from Burnley in the summer of 2015 has gone about his work in the last two seasons, competing for his place with Kyle Walker and now Serge Aurier.
“We’re so happy with Kieran,” said Mauricio. “He came from Burnley, he was very humble when he arrived here to fight for his place in the team and after two years, he’s playing against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
“We’re so proud of him. His improvement – just like we talk about Harry Kane or Dele Alli – is down to him. Kieran is so focused on trying to be better every day. That’s the secret.”
That is good news for Mauricio, who wants to see that competition between players.
“It’s very good news for us to have players so competitive,” he added. “You can see now the competition is so tough. We need everyone fit and with the right mentality to compete for a place in the team.”