Tottenham star Kieran Trippier has revealed David Beckham is his idol after the former England captain praised the right-back’s form at the 2018 World Cup.
Trippier has been one of the World Cup’s standout players so far and appears to be the leading candidate to win a place in the the team of tournament at right-back.
The 27-year-old’s crossing and set-pieces have been consistently excellent, and he dispatched his penalty in the shootout against Colombia in the Round of 16 brilliantly.
That form has drawn plaudits from colleagues, pundits and fans alike, including Beckham, who posted his praise of Trippier on Instagram.
Alongside a picture of Trippier, Beckham wrote: “This man’s delivery has been fire.”
Even one of the best set-pieces takers in the world once in David Beckham can’t help but be in awe of Kieran Trippier’s delivery in this #WorldCup.
Incredible to think how far the right-back has progressed at Tottenham Hotspur under the guidance of Pochettino.
— Last Word On Spurs? (@LastWordOnSpurs) July 7, 2018
Beckham was renowned for his delivery of a ball, so his words will come as high-praise to Trippier.
The former Burnley defender responded to Beckham’s comments during a Lions’ Den broadcast on the England team’s official Youtube channel.
“He’s always been my idol since I was younger because of his set pieces,” said Trippier (via HITC). “His all-round play, he’s won everything in the game.
“To receive that message – what a moment for me. To get it off my idol is something special, and one I’ll never ever forget.”
Trippier will be aiming to cement his status as Spurs’ first-choice right-back ahead of Serge Aurier next season following an impressive summer.