Kieran Trippier has paid the price for an indifferent season at Tottenham Hotspur by being dropped from the England squad for the forthcoming Uefa Nations League Finals.
Despite reaching the Champions League Final with Tottenham, the 28-year-old right-back has suffered the blow of being left out of the 23-man submitted to Uefa from an original selection of 27 players made by manager Gareth Southgate.
Trippier’s Tottenham team-mate Harry Winks, who is recovering from a groin operation, has also not made it. The Southampton pair of James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond will miss out but will continue to train with the squad for the time being in case there are any withdrawals.
With Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker included there is no place for Trippier, whose future at Spurs is in doubt. He has struggled this season after being one of the stars of England’s World Cup campaign last summer.
“Of course, Kieran Trippier has had such a big impact, he had such a brilliant World Cup,” Southgate said. “He has been a really valuable member of our squad and has a great attitude with us, real passion in playing for England, but Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and Kyle [Walker] have finished the season so strongly. So it is a position where we have got real competition for places. That is as hard a decision as we have had to make.”
f Winks, who is hoping to be fit for the Champions League Final, Southgate said: “Harry Winks is a player we really like and that’s a tough one because he has not played for a couple of months and we don’t get to see him in training. He is back training with Spurs, he might be involved at the weekend, but we wouldn’t see him until two days before the game. So when we had other midfielders who are either with us or who are playing regularly, that was the only thinking behind that decision. Harry could still come into that mix and has done very well for us whenever he has played with England, so is a player we like.”
Nevertheless, Southgate has, as expected, included Winks’ Spurs team-mate Harry Kane who he admitted will be treated as a special case as he, too, recovers from injury.
The 13 players who reported for international duty last Tuesday will reconvene at St George’s Park on Monday when they will be joined by Manchester City’s treble winners – apart from Fabian Delph who reported early to try and secure his place in the squad, which he has done – and, with the Bundesliga season having finished, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
Those involved in the Champions League and Europa League finals, now down to eight players, will report on June 3 – just three days before England face Holland. England will fly to Portugal on June 5 and stay in Guimaraes, where they will play the Dutch, and will train at the local club, Vitoria. They will then play either the hosts, Portugal, or Switzerland in either the final or a third place play-off on Sunday, June 9.