Former Turf Moor fans’ favourite Kieran Trippier hasn’t forgotten his Burnley roots after adding another England cap to his collection.
Trippier has become an established part of the international set-up since seeing his career blossom further with top-four Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur.
But the right-back, who left Burnley to join Spurs in June, 2015 after an impressive first season in the top-flight, puts much of his rise up the ranks down to the grounding he received with the Clarets.
“I’m delighted to be in the England team, but I’ve so much to thank Burnley for,” said Trippier, who spent four years with the Clarets after starting out at Manchester City.
“Sean Dyche, the manager, worked me extremely hard when I was there, and I’ve got to give him a lot of credit.
“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all the years I was at Burnley and the previous teams I was at before that.
“I’m just so grateful for the opportunity I got at Burnley.”
Trippier started his fifth England game in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Italy at Wembley and looks a good bet to go to the World Cup Finals as part of Gareth Southgate’s squad.
And the 27-year-old, who played 185 times in a claret and blue shirt, was happy to be sharing a pitch with current Burnley defender and England new boy James Tarkowski, with Clarets goalkeeper Nick Pope named among the substitutes.
“I was delighted to see him and Popey get a call-up because they’ve done unbelievable with Burnley this season and, as a club, they’ve done unbelievably well,” Trippier told Clarets Player HD.
“Seeing those two in training they’ve done really well and I was delighted for Tarky to get his first cap, and to cap it all off he did really well.”