“No worries” about calf injury – Trippier

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Newcastle defender Kieran Trippier says he is “not worried” about the injury that has kept him out of action for much of the final months of the Premier League season as he prepares to lead England out for their first pre-Euro 2024 friendly at St James' Park on Monday night.

Trippier was sidelined from early March to mid-May with a calf problem but returned for the Magpies' last three league games and will captain the Three Lions in their first game in the city since 2005.

“It's an incredible feeling to have Gareth's trust,” Tripper said on BBC Radio 5 Live's Football Daily podcast. “I'm really proud and really looking forward to the game.”

“There is nothing to worry about. The injury was disappointing at the time, but I know I did everything right to get fit and be available first for my club and then for my country. As long as I know I have achieved that, I am happy.”

“I've had a really solid week of training and I'm ready to go.

“Pressure should be a privilege, whether it's a friendly, a tournament or a qualifier. There will always be pressure for England, but we've all been in pressure situations with our clubs.”

“We shouldn't be shy and say we want to win the tournament. We don't mean that in an arrogant way. We've been so close in the last few tournaments, so hopefully this is the tournament where we can take a step forward and bring it back to England.”

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