FOOTBALL: Walker's Sights on Survival

Sunday Mirror (London, England), October 19, 2003 | Go to article overview

FOOTBALL: Walker's Sights on Survival


Byline: EXCLUSIVE By JOHN PERCY

IAN Walker is prepared to put his England dreams on hold to concentrate on avoiding relegation with Leicester.

Walker is desperate to be part of England's plans for Euro 2004 after making the last seven squads.

But the Leicester keeper, who faces former club Tottenham today, insists his main aim is to avoid the drop.

Relegation two seasons ago left the Foxes on the brink of extinction and only Gary Lineker's last-ditch bid took them out of administration before they bounced back to the top flight.

Walker said: "It would be a disaster if we went down again and all the players are aware of the effect it would have on the club.

"No disrespect to the Nationwide, but we don't want to be there again.

"We're all fully focused on staying in this league, where we feel we belong. We've been written off ever since we got promoted but that's not a problem to the players.

"If anything, it helps us because we are always going to be underestimated. …

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