Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

WALKER: England Win Would Cap a Perfect Year

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

WALKER: England Win Would Cap a Perfect Year

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KYLE Walker says living out his World Cup dreams with England has blown everything else he has achieved in career out of the water - even winning the Premier League with City.

After ending his first season with the Blues with the title, the 28-year-old now has the chance of reaching a World Cup semi-final as England take on Sweden in the quarter-finals today.

"First and foremost, it has been a fantastic year for me personally, to achieve the things I have achieved - but this is the top thing that I want," said the Sheffield-born City defender.

"Obviously the Premier League is done now and I've ticked that off, but to do something for your country and for your nation I think blows everything out of the water.

"Obviously, you work all season with your club to get sat in this seat, but to represent your country - I think there's nothing better.

"Seeing the reaction from the people at home - shops are closing in Sheffield to go and watch the game. It's crazy.

"You half want to be there to join in with the atmosphere, but I am glad I am sat here and, hopefully, we can continue having a few more parties."

Walker says he never thought he would play for local team Sheffield United, never mind step out at a World Cup. The defender's only previous major tournament experience came at Euro 2016, which ended in a humiliating defeat to Iceland that was at the back of his mind as they dug deep to see off Colombia.

"I think it just shows what we're like off the field," Walker told the Lions' Den. "I think the transmits onto the field and what we've achieved.

"The late goal against Tunisia got the World Cup off to a great start. Obviously going through the other night, which we had memories from the Euros and I am thinking when the goal goes in 'not again'.

"When Hendo unfortunately missed that penalty, you kind of think 'well, is this same old England?' "Well, I think we've shown to the nation and also to the world the belief that we have in the camp, that we know and we trust in each other. …

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