Newcastle star Kieran Trippier withdraws from England squad due to ‘personal matter’
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Newcastle star Kieran Trippier withdraws from England squad due to ‘personal matter’

Nov 20, 2023

Kieran Trippier has withdrawn from the England squad due to a personal matter.

He will miss Monday’s trip to North Macedonia with Newcastle confirming the news on social media.

Trippier is out of the England squad

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Trippier is out of the England squadCredit: Getty

The club said: “Newcastle United can confirm that @trippier2 has returned home from the @England squad due to a personal matter.

“Tripps played 90 minutes as the Three Lions defeated Malta 2-0 in a @EURO2024 qualifier at Wembley on Friday but will miss Monday’s trip to North Macedonia.”

Trippier played at right-back against Malta, but his absence from the squad further limits Gareth Southgate‘s options at full-back.

Fikayo Tomori filled in at left-back, with Luke Shaw and Ben Chilwell out injured, with the Newcastle man also capable of playing of the opposite side.

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Kyle Walker or Trent Alexander-Arnold are likely to come in for Trippier, but Southgate still has the left-back issue.

AC Milan star Tomori did not look overly comfortable in that position and now he will either have to start their again or move Walker or Alexander-Arnold out of position.

England have already cruised to qualification from what had looked to be a potentially tricky pool.

But Southgate wants his side to end 2023 with a bang as they round off Group C away to North Macedonia on Monday.

Southgate doesn't want his team to take their foot off the gas

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Southgate doesn’t want his team to take their foot off the gasCredit: Getty

But with Euro 2024 glory their stated ambition, the former defender wants his players to keep their foot on the gas.

“We’ve had a really good calendar year and we want to finish it well,” the England manager said ahead of the trip to Skopje. “Simple as that.

“We should be aiming to go, if we can, into the tournament unbeaten. We’ve got some tough games coming ahead.

“I mean, I’m a bit loathed to say that because then you start looking for draws when you want to go and win matches as well, so I want to get the messaging right on that.

“But, you know, it’s good for us to be away from Wembley again, a challenging environment because that’s what we’re going to be in next summer.”


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