Kyle Walker could not bring himself to watch England’s recent tournament appearances, but he is thrilled by the prospect of starting their Euro 2016 opener against Russia on Saturday. The 26-year-old Tottenham Hotspur player is sampling major international competition for the first time, having sat out Euro 2012 with a toe injury before missing the 2014 World Cup due to an abdominal problem. Named man of the match in last week’s 1-0 win over Portugal, the right-back is expected to start against Russia in Marseille. If he does, it will be the first England game at a big tournament that he has paid attention to for a while. “When I’m injured, I can’t watch it,” Walker said. “It’s too difficult for me.”
Kyle Walker talked to journalists at England’s Stade des Bourgognes training base on Tuesday. Read my piece here.