Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier wants to build on his outstanding World Cup and take his game to the next level.
Trippier, playing at right wing-back, was arguably England’s player of the tournament as Gareth Southgate’s men made it to the semi-finals in Russia before bowing out to Croatia.
It was against the Croatians that Trippier put the Three Lions ahead with a brilliant free-kick and he picked up for Spurs where he left off with another fine strike against Fulham.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were labouring towards a 1-1 draw until Trippier, in his first game since the semi-final, sent a curling effort over the wall and into the corner, with Harry Kane then going on to seal the points in a 3-1 win.
That goal was just part of a fine display on the right and the 27-year-old is hoping to put his impressive summer to good use.
“I was delighted to play at the World Cup, it’s crazy what a year can do because I only made my debut for England last year and a year later I am playing in a World Cup,” he said.
“I learnt a lot about myself, it gave me a lot of confidence and I am happy to come back with more experience.
“Hopefully I can put that to good use by playing as many games as I can for Tottenham this season and helping the team out.”
The free-kick against Fulham, which came at a crucial time after Aleksandar Mitrovic had cancelled out Lucas Moura’s opener, was further out and on the other side to his World Cup effort, but he backed himself, even if his team-mates did not.
“Some of the boys saw me shaping up to take it and said, ‘Is it not a bit too far out?'” he added.
“That made me question my decision and think, ‘Is it a bit too far out?’ But the decision had already been made and I tried to block the keeper’s view as much as possible by telling the boys to get in the wall.
“I am happy it went in. I think it was a crucial time to get a goal, no matter who scored it, because they were getting on top of the game.
“They had scored and gained a lot of momentum, but I think my goal threw them a bit. It was a massive goal in terms of the game.
“Fulham are a very good side and pass it well. I think they will do really well this season.”
Wilfred Ndidi has committed his future to Leicester by signing a six-year contract, the club have announced.
The 21-year-old Nigeria midfielder’s new deal will keep him at King Power Stadium until the summer of 2024.
A statement on lcfc.com said: “In the 18 months since his arrival from Belgian side Genk, the 21-year-old has developed into one of the Premier League’s most exciting talents as well as a key member of Leicester’s first-team squad.”
Ndidi has scored twice in 50 Premier League run-outs.
Mourinho made some pointed references towards City when asked about the new fly-on-the-wall documentary about the Premier League champions that was released by Amazon earlier this week.
The United manager also said “you don’t need to be disrespectful to have a fantastic movie” when asked to give his thoughts on the programme.
Mourinho was presumably referring to some of the coverage of both himself and United in the eight-part series.
Guardiola, however, insists that ‘buying class’ is not something City were attempting to do in the project.
Speaking after his side’s 6-1 thrashing of Huddersfield on Sunday, Guardiola said: “That is true, you cannot buy class. I agree with Jose. We cannot buy class.
“I think we lived an amazing season with cameras. We did it for ourselves. I don’t agree with Jose in terms of disrespectful. This was not our intention – it was filming last season.
“It is a club trying to grow, trying to win titles. We did it for ourselves and our fans to see what happens inside the locker room. It is Jose’s opinion. Other guys will say, ‘We like’ and other guys will say, ‘No’.”
City were devastating as they put Huddersfield to the sword at the Etihad Stadium. Sergio Aguero scored his 13th hat-trick for the club, while Gabriel Jesus and the inspirational David Silva also got on the scoresheet. The sixth goal was an own goal by Terence Kongolo.
Guardiola said: “Today was much better in terms of football and consistency during 90 minutes.
“Against Chelsea and Arsenal we survived more than playing good. Today, attacking 10 players in the box, I think we did it quite well.”
Guardiola feels Aguero is back to his best after missing the end of last season following knee surgery.
He said: “He feels perfect now. It is not just scoring goals – the spaces to create chances, movements, assists, make passes – he never stops.
“When this happens Sergio is one of the best, best, best strikers in the world without a doubt. What he’s done in this period is perfect.”
The game was also poignant for Silva, who was photographed with baby son Mateo before the game. Silva was given time off for personal reasons after the child’s premature birth last season.
Guardiola said: “He will never forget the first time his son saw him play football. Last season was a tough moment for his family. It was a special day for them and us.”
Huddersfield’s loss was their second of the campaign after a 3-0 defeat by Chelsea.
Manager David Wagner said: “Obviously it was a disappointing result, even though it was because of the top quality City have shown.
“We will not get driven away by these first two defeats.
“We hoped for more, we didn’t get more, but now the season starts for us. The experience of last season, where we conceded heavy defeats to the top-six sides will help us.”