Kyle Walker ignoring speculation over Tottenham Hotspur future

"We were the only ones to get our tent the wrong way round".

Asked about his player's future earlier in the season, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said: 'I can not confirm [whether Walker is unsettled] because it is rumours.

For most of the time Walker has come out on top but Mauricio Pochettino favoured Trippier in big games against Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United towards the end of last season and that was enough to catch the eye of England boss Gareth Southgate. Pochettino knew about the call-up before Trippier did and reportedly used the situation to play a prank.

"They'll be very, very good at defending, we played them in the semi-final of the U19 Euros and they knocked us out", said the 20-year-old.

"We get the best out of each other and, even if Tripps plays or I play, we've said privately to each other that we will each other on".

'I don't ever say a bad word or wish bad on him because it's more about the team rather than individual performances.

"I always believed in myself and believed that I could get in the England team one day".

Impressive displays on such occasions have led to a first senior England call-up for Trippier, meaning he now stands in Walker's way at global level as well. We're two northern boys down south and we bounce off each other.

Walker, though, insists England will not be fazed by anything Hampden Park throws at them this weekend.

The Spurs right-back played a part in November's 3-0 triumph at Wembley, so, too, the 3-2 friendly win in 2013, and hopes to be on the winning side again.

"He then said - congratulations, you have been called into England". I want to play and he wants to play but if he plays, I'll help him. "You know, it's a local derby".

I think at this point the only question remaining is where Walker will be sold, and how much Daniel Levy will extract from the buying club.

'It's something we need to adapt to.

The friendship between the two is so strong that Trippier and Walker camped together during a Marine camp the global team attended in the week before their World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Saturday.

  • Julie Sanders