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14th Jul 2018

Kieran Trippier to be awarded prestigious honour after World Cup heroics

He has played a key role in England's success at this World Cup

Reuben Pinder

No, he’s not getting a knighthood

Kieran Trippier has been a revelation at this World Cup. His progress over the past three seasons at Tottenham Hotspur, thanks to Mauricio Pochettino’s coaching, was key to England’s success this summer.

The vast majority of England’s goals at this tournament have came from set pieces and Trippier has played a huge part in several of them.

His most notable contribution was of course his curling free kick in the opening five minutes against Croatia in the semi-final to put England 1-0 up.

As a gesture of recognition of his achievements and performances, the local council of his hometown will award him the Freedom of Bury.

It is the highest honour that can be awarded by a local council, and it’s hard to argue that it’s not deserved.

Councillor Rishi Shori told the Bury Times: “Kieran and his England team mates have given a huge amount of joy for local people with their incredible performances during the World Cup.

“To reach the semi-final for only the third time in England’s history is an amazing achievement. I was nine years the old the last time it happened – I am a lot older now!”

“He deserves to be acknowledged. He is a huge role model to younger people and hopefully can inspire the next generation of footballers in Bury.”