The rapid 26-year-old full-back was today named in Gareth Southgate’s 25-man Three Lions squad for next month’s World Cup qualifier away to Scotland and subsequent friendly in France.
For ‘Trips’, it’s a first involvement at international level since he won two caps for England Under-21s during the 2010-11 campaign and, even though he’s some way from the UK at present with our post-season tour of Hong Kong in full swing, he says he’s over the moon to have been recognised after a season that has seen him make 22 club appearances in all competitions – including a Champions League debut.
“It’s not really sunk in yet to be fair!” smiled Kieran, who joins England regulars Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane and fellow right-back Kyle Walker in the squad.
“I’m honoured to be called up for England, obviously with my team-mates as well.
“It’s been a good second half of the season, I’ve got more regular football under my belt and every time I play I always do my best, so I’m just really honoured and proud to be called up and recognised.
“I’ve been watching England since I was a young boy and it’s always been my dream to be a professional footballer first of all and to play for such a big club like Tottenham. Since I’ve come here I think I’ve developed as a player and I’d like to say thank you to the staff here for how they’ve worked me into shape to enable me to be playing good football.
“Mauricio is a great manager, I love playing for him and he’s developed my game a lot in the two years I’ve been here. Obviously playing in the Champions League this season was the icing on the cake and it’s all falling into place, playing more games, playing in the Champions League and now getting called up for England. It’s a dream and a big achievement for myself, one of the best of my career.”
With the players busy training and engaging in various community activities in Hong Kong prior to Friday’s friendly against Kitchee SC, the former Burnley man revealed he received the news of his call-up from Mauricio himself.
“The manager pulled me before training and told me the good news,” he said. “I’m delighted and I’m looking forward to meeting up with the team. I’m lost for words really. It’s going to be great just to be part of it and it should be a great experience with all the players I’m going to be with.”