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Kieran Trippier has insisted that his departure from Tottenham to Atletico Madrid have improved his chances of representing England.
The 29-year-old left North London in the summer when he completed a move to the La Liga side for a fee in the region of £20million.
Trippier was left out of Gareth Southgate’s UEFA Nations League squad after suffering with form in his final season at Spurs.
Since leaving the club, the right-back has featured in three of England’s four European Championship qualifiers and revealed that one of the key drivers for deciding to leave was for the sake of his international future.
Speaking to Evening Standard, Trippier said:
“I knew when I left Tottenham and I hadn’t been picked for the Nations League last summer that I had to perform better.
“I’ve had plenty of chats about that with the staff at England. I want to play at the highest level for as long as I can in order to play for England. That’s my objective.
“There is no bigger moment for me than representing my country. I just need to perform well, I know what I need to do because there are so many right-backs now.
“There are about six right-backs – and they are all playing at the highest level. I just need to focus on myself.”
Trippier was named in Atletico’s starting XI for their Champions League win over Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night which saw the current holders join Spurs in being eliminated from the competition.