Ever since Kyle Walker returned to Tottenham from a loan spell at Aston Villa in 2011- his third loan spell in two years- he hasn't looked back.
The young starlet is fast becoming a regular for club and country and becoming one of the best right backs in the country in the process.
When Walker joined Spurs from Sheffield United as part of a deal for Kyle Naughton back in 2009, he was expected to spend his White Hart Lane career as an understudy to the right back position.
But after his three loan deals at Sheffield United, QPR and Aston Villa, the 23-year-old is now undoubtedly the first-choice right back for Spurs and is expected to be England’s main at next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
And Walker, who was once a target for Real Madrid, has earned seven caps for his country and in each and every one of those games, he has been consistent and reliable.
Glen Johnson is Walker’s main rival in the right back position of the England team but maybe Walker deserves the place more.
At just 23-years-of-age, Hodgson should use Walker now so he will be developed for the next couple of World Cups.
Johnson is now 29 so next year’s World Cup will probably be his last chance to play at the highest level of the international stage.
Both are very attacking-minded full-backs, as most are in today’s game, but Johnson is often caught out defensively, costing Liverpool and England dearly.
Walker is different though. A couple of years ago, he was just the same, but he has improved his game massively, and is now very reliable in that part of the football pitch.
A big part of the English game is pace and that is a big strength in Kyle Walker’s game at the moment. He is often seen running up the wing to cross the ball into the opposition area before sprinting back to stop any counter attack from the other team.
Now, I am not saying Glen Johnson is slow, because he is certainly not. He is very fast running up the wing but as I said before, he can easily be caught out at the back and the right back is a defensive position so you can see my point.
I think Kyle Walker is the man to play in the right full back position for his country as well as his club. I would not have considered him for England a couple of years back but he has improved so much, and I now believe he can be regarded as one of the best right backs in the country.
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