Kieran Trippier insists that he would never disagree with Christian Eriksen over the possibility of taking a free kick at Tottenham, after scoring against Fulham last week.The England international’s dead-ball prowess came to the fore in the summer, as he scored an exceptional free kick in the Three Lions’ World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia.That goal led to calls for the defender to be placed on set-piece duty for Spurs and he repaid that faith by netting from 30 yards as Mauricio Pochettino’s men beat the Cottagers 3-1 last weekend. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! As a clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford looms, Trippier says he is not worried about the prospect of an argument with the Denmark midfielder, himself a set-piece specialist.“No way, I’m not like that,” he told the Guardian. “Fulham was my first game back and I felt good. Me and Christian, if we have a free kick and I place it but he says he fancies it then I’ll let him take it, no problem.”No problem at all. If he came up to me and said: ‘I fancy this,’ I’d say: ‘Take it, mate.’”Trippier is equally humble when it comes to remembering his strike against Croatia, the first goal England’s senior team had scored in a semi-final since 1990.“It’s a World Cup semi-final but the day before, and throughout the tournament really, there was me, Youngie (Ashley Young), Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and a few other boys hitting free kicks well, to be fair,” Trippier added.“Before the game we were talking – which side did we want it on? – me and Youngie.”It’s all about who feels confident at that moment in time and I said: ‘I feel confident, do you mind if I take it?’ And he said: ‘No problem at all.’ I’m happy it went in but frustrated and disappointed about the result.”Despite his World Cup heroics, Trippier is not a guaranteed starter at Spurs, with the club blessed with depth at right-back.Both Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters are also able to play at full-back, and Trippier says it ensures he strives for consistency.“Serge has come in, who is great competition, and Kyle Walker-Peters has been excellent in pre-season. He’s unbelievable and he deserves a mention because he works so hard on the training field and he deserves a lot of praise for the way he has conducted himself over the last 18 months,” added the 27-year-old.”There are three of us trying to play in the right-back spot and that’s why you have to keep working hard, because the manager doesn’t miss a trick.”If you’re off it, don’t complain if you’re not playing at the weekend.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Brand LonginesHigh drama marked the beginning of the richest race in the world, the Dubai World Cup 2017 held in the city in late March. The magnificent Meydan Racecourse was the fulcrum of action as the event kicked off. The Longines Dubai Sheema Classic, one of the most important races,Brand LonginesHigh drama marked the beginning of the richest race in the world, the Dubai World Cup 2017 held in the city in late March. The magnificent Meydan Racecourse was the fulcrum of action as the event kicked off. The Longines Dubai Sheema Classic, one of the most important races during the Dubai World Cup, saw the cream of Dubai turn up looking their fashionable best.Boutique HopA visit to the brand’s boutique at Dubai Mall was one of the highlights of the two-day trip. Here, the brand unveiled its newest timepieces including the Official Watch of the Dubai World Cup from the Longines Equestrian Collection.The Equestrian TimelineThe brand is celebrating its 185th anniversary and with it, its passion for equestrian sports. In 1926, Longines became the official timekeeper of the Concours Hippique International Officiel de Geneve. In 2016, the brand announced the Longines World Equestrian Academy to encourage the equestrian discipline of show jumping in China and also skill sports professionals in racing. It is also the official timekeeper of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup and of the FEI World Equestrian Games in both 2018 and 2022.Glamour FactorIt was against this backdrop that the event in Dubai took place. The festivities began at Nusr-et, the much loved and talked about steakhouse run by a Turkish chef. The setting was complete with pale champagne being passed around to accompany an exquisite array of meats and baklava. On race day, women in colourful fascinators, others in classic hats, dotted the racecourse, upping the glam quotient of the race as they hobnobbed with Dubai’s elite.advertisementHorse PowerThoroughbred horses from around the world with fascinating names like Jack Hobbs, Seventh Heaven, Earnshaw, Sounds of Earth, Highland Reel, Prize Money, and Postponed competed for final place as they raced to the finish line.And The Winner IsThe Dubai World Cup was won by Jack Hobbs ridden by William Buick, from team Arrogate. The 2017 Longines World’s Best Racehorse won a whooping 10 million dollars as prize money. The Swiss watch brand presented Longines watches from the Conquest collection to the winning team.