Kyle Walker’s career is ticking along nicely and he is clearly delighted to get an international call up from Roy Hodgson. The Tottenham man’s attacking style has won him plaudits among supporters with many believing he can offer more than a more conventional style of right back.
Walker, who was named the PFA young player of the year in April will step in to replace the suspended Glen Johnson.
“I just hope that, if I’m selected on Friday, I can show everyone what I can do in the game. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to get into the team and I’ve been patient and waited a long time for this. This is what I’ve been waiting for all of my career since I was seven, to play for England, so hopefully, we can get the three points.
“There are a lot of quality defenders in the England set-up and whoever puts on the shirt will do a fantastic job. I think it will be about being professional and doing the basics well. We have to show them respect. Everybody says it’s going to be an easy game but for me, I’m going to treat it as though I was playing anyone whether that was Real Madrid, Manchester United or San Marino.
“I will prepare the same and put my whole into it.”
“On a personal note it is a fantastic opportunity for me to get into the team. I’ve been patient and waited for that. Hopefully on Friday I can show everyone what I can do and have a good game. A first competitive start is what I’ve been waiting for, for a long time now. For all my career, since I was seven, I’ve wanted to play for England, and put that jersey on.
“It’s been a very up and down year for me. I won the young player of the year at club level so it’s been good in that sense. At the end of the season it was a disappointment, having worked so hard to get into the England team, to have that little niggle on my toe. But it was fantastic the manager gave me the phone call, saying it was sad he couldn’t take me there but saying I was in his plans and he had belief in me.”
Walker, who signed a new five-year contract with Tottenham at the end of last season, can certainly not be accused of being over-confident.
He said: “I’ve done nothing. I’m 22. I’ve done absolutely nothing in my career so far.
“I had a good last season, winning the young player and a few more awards, but that’s just the start and hopefully I can go on.