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Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier has withdrawn from the England national squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia. The right-back wanted to be fully fit and not risk aggravating his injury.

The FA’s official website announced that the 26-year-old Spurs defender arrived at the England base with a knock and that he did not taken part in training, the entire week.

Trippier is now all set to return to Tottenham and focus on recovering in time for the Premier League season. When action resumes after the international break, Spurs will be up against Everton at Goodison Park on September 9 and the former Burnley man is hoping to be fully fit for that trip.

England manager Gareth Southgate has not announced any replacement yet, as he plans to play his strongest side against Malta. The Three Lions are trying to consolidate their top spot in Group F ahead of the tough match against Slovakia.

England, as things stand now, hold a two-point lead over the second-placed Slovakian side whom they face at the Wembley on September 4. Trippier will not be a part of this match either. His place in the first team could now go to (*cough cough*) Kyle Walker.

Trippier is supposed to play a key role for Mauricio Pochettino as he targets to get the season back on track. Tottenham have not had the best of starts, picking up just four points from the three PL matches so far. The poor scoring form of Harry Kane isn’t helping matters either, not that Harry has had a wonderful record in ‘Augusts’ in his career.

We just hope that Trippier’s injury is not serious to rule him out further. The right-back missed the first match of the season when Kyle Walker-Peters deputised for him and did very well. Pochettino also has the comfort of calling upon latest recruit Serge Aurier who joined us on the deadline day, from Paris Saint-Germain.

I hope Trippier’s injury is not bad but even if it is, there is enough cover for Pochettino.

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Wanyama and Trippier to start: Predicted Tottenham XI to face Brighton & Hove Albion

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Tottenham return to Premier League action after a poor Champions League opener. Losing to Inter Milan in the last seconds of the game was a big blow to a side that had already been defeated twice this season.

Spurs dominated the game against Inter but were left to rue a few missed chances. Harry Kane looked tired while some of the other players should have done better.

Tottenham are already six points behind the leaders in the Premier League and have to get back to winning ways. However, facing Brighton away from home will not be easy.

Spurs have some decisions to make regarding their starting XI and here is our predicted team to face Brighton.

Predicted Tottenham XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Michel Vorm (GK)

Vorm has struggled in recent games but he should keep his place, given that he didn’t make major mistakes in the 2-1 loss at Inter.

Danny Rose (LB)

The Englishman received a few minutes at San Siro but should start in place of Ben Davies as our left-back.

Toby Alderweireld (CB)

Alderweireld wasn’t taken to Milan and should start in a back four against Brighton.

Jan Vertonghen (CB)

Vertonghen is one of the best defenders in the league and should start this game. The Belgian has to put up a great showing as we must aim to keep a clean sheet.

Kieran Trippier (RB)

Another player who did not travel to Milan, Trippier must play against the Seagulls.

Victor Wanyama (CM)

We need more steel in the midfield and Wanyama has to start in place of Eric Dier, who has struggled in the last three games.

Christian Eriksen (CM)

Eriksen got the only goal for us against Inter and his passing could be key to unlocking the Brighton defence.

Mousa Dembele (CM)

Dembele should be the third player in our midfield as we must control the middle of the park.

Son Heung-min (RW)

We could see Son play a more attacking role in the team and support Kane from the right-wing.

Lucas Moura (LW)

Moura’s form has deserted him since the win over Manchester United but we could see the Brazilian starting out-wide.

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Harry Kane (ST)

We don’t have a lot of options up front and Kane must be started.

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Tottenham deny reports claiming stadium will be ready only by 2019

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Tottenham have denied claims that our new stadium would not be ready before 2019, according to Sky Sports.

Construction News reported that the stadium would be complete only by the first week of January. The report quoted an insider claiming that Spurs could play their home games at other grounds for the rest of the season.

Speaking to Sky Sports, however, a Tottenham spokesperson said:

“We have always said that we would issue updates for test events and official opening as soon as we have confidence in our project managers’ and contractors’ ability to deliver against the revised scheduled of works.

“This remains the case and speculating on unsupported dates such as this is irresponsible.”

Tottenham haven’t shared a date as to when our home will be ready. The delay in moving to our new stadium has been due to safety concerns. And we will play a number of our Premier League home fixtures at Wembley too.

The report adds that Wembley would be the venue for our Champions League group home games. The Carabao Cup game against Watford would be played at Stadium MK since Wembley is not available for that date.

Read more: “Don’t disrespect the players” – Pochettino unhappy with journalists after 2-1 loss against Inter Milan

Tottenham had earlier set 15th September as the inaugural date but we are no closer to knowing when our home will be ready.

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“Don’t tweet for a few days”, “Now we know why he didn’t travel to Milan” – Some Spurs fans upset with birthday tweet

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Tottenham have struggled in recent weeks and the loss against Inter Milan was the latest blow. Spurs were leading till the 85th minute before two blows from the Italians cost us three points.

A winning start to the Champions League would have been, great given that we didn’t travel with a couple of our stars.

Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier were left in London. The duo participated in our losses against Watford and Liverpool but didn’t travel due to a “technical decision,” as per Mauricio Pochettino.

The Spurs account tried to lift the mood by wishing the Englishman on his birthday but that didn’t go as planned.

A few Tottenham supporters were upset with the recent results and let rip on Twitter. Trippier has had a fantastic six months or so, especially during the World Cup, but that didn’t stop some fans from having a go.

Read more: More bad news – Tottenham’s stadium may not be finished until January

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