KIERAN Trippier hopes his move into the Premier League with Burnley will one day help him realise his England ambitions.
Trippier has been voted the best right back in the Championship for the past two seasons and at the age of 23 is regarded as one of the brightest talents in the country in his position.
The Clarets defender left Manchester City in 2012 without playing a first-team game, despite captaining them to the FA Youth Cup four years earlier, but is relishing his first opportunity to play in the Premier League.
His first target will be helping Burnley remain in the top flight, but he also admits he would love to break into the England squad in the future.
“It’s obviously one of the things that’s in my mind but I’ve got to take it day by day,” said Trippier, who featured for England from the under 18s through to the under 21 team.
“I played from such a young age for England, but I don’t want to just think I’m going to walk into the England team because it doesn’t work like that.
“Like I’ve said to my family and friends, if it happens it happens, if it doesn’t it doesn’t.
“It all comes down to myself and how I perform as an individual and with the team.
“I’ve just got to concentrate on my own performances and hopefully do the best I can, like I’ve done in every game I’ve played for Burnley.
“Then if you get the nod you get the nod. It would be an honour and privilege to play for my country.
“I need those good players around me that we’ve got here to break through to the England team.
“There are loads of good right backs out there, you’ve got Calum Chambers, Nathaniel Clyne, Kyle Walker, obviously Glen Johnson, Kyle Naughton at Tottenham, Andre Wisdom, Martin Kelly, Jon Flanagan, John Stones who was at Barnsley with me. There are loads of players.
“Glen Johnson is the number one right back but there are so many good young players that maybe if they get the chance, they’re hungry to keep the shirt.”
Trippier does not hide from the disappointment of leaving Manchester City without featuring in the Premier League – first loaned out to Barnsley and then to Burnley, before making his move to Turf Moor permanent.
But that only serves to motivate him this season.
“It’s a big opportunity for me personally,” said Trippier, who signed a new three-year contract with the Clarets earlier in the summer.
“I left City and came here to play as many games as I could and hopefully reach the Premier League with Burnley.
“It was just one of those things at City. When Sven-Goran Eriksson was manager we didn’t have that much money and he took me on tour and played me, and I felt welcome.
“Then he left and Mark Hughes came in, and it was a similar thing.
“But that was when the money started rolling in and they started buying all these players which was good for the club but personally as a young lad it wasn’t the best thing.
“I had a couple of loan spells at Barnsley and got some games under my belt, but it came to a real thing when Roberto Mancini came in and I needed to be settled at a club.
“They had Micah Richards, Zabaleta and Boyata who’s still there now - good players don’t get me wrong, but maybe I thought I could have got my chance.
“I wasn’t expecting to play week in week out, I just thought training with those players every day you’re only progressing and I thought maybe I’ll get the nod, maybe on the bench, maybe make a late appearance.
“But if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen. I’ve got nothing against Manchester City.
“I’ve got my chance at Burnley now and I’m going to grab it and give 100 per cent, just like I’ve done ever since I walked through the door here.
“It was my time to move on, I came to Burnley and I’ve had three fantastic years here and hopefully there are another couple to come.
“Every game I played in the Championship I did my best, and to be voted two years on the spin by all the other players was a great achievement for myself.
“But I want to go one better now and show everybody, not just Man City but everybody, that I can cope with the Premier League and do well for Burnley Football Club.”