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Kyle Walker was dreaming of another senior call-up after seizing his chance to impress Fabio Capello in England's European Under-21 Championship opener against Spain.

Walker was one of few players in Stuart Pearce's side to enhance his reputation in Sunday night's 1-1 Group B draw in Denmark, laying on Danny Welbeck's dramatic 88th-minute equaliser. The Tottenham full-back could hardly have picked a better time to impress with both England boss Capello and Spurs manager Harry Redknapp looking on.

The 21-year-old, who earned two senior call-ups while on loan at Aston Villa this year, said: "I'd love to play for my country - it's my ambition. When I first started playing football at seven, that's what I wanted to do. I just have to keep working hard on the training pitch and see what happens from there."

Walker certainly did enough as an attacking force to expect to keep his place for Wednesday night's clash with Ukraine. He was also part of a solid England rearguard action led by Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

"I'm a defender - that's my main job," he said. "Attacking's just a bonus of my game. You're going to need to speak to other people to see if they liked how I defended."




 

Walker's display left head coach Pearce with a selection dilemma, with captain Michael Mancienne having been moved from right-back to midfield.

The skipper looked out of his depth and his substitution with a quarter of the game remaining had the desired effect.

Walker certainly had no intention of letting Mancienne pull rank on Wednesday night.

"I've missed out in the last few games," he said. "There's a great squad there and it's difficult to get a place, so I was happy when my name went up.

"I just have to show that I do deserve the shirt and I'm going to keep it."

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