Martin Keown has blasted England and Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker's performance against Ukraine on Tuesday - saying the 23-year old had a 'torrid' time against Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.

Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Keown said that Walker is "used to relying on his pace to get him out of trouble, but Konoplyanka was faster than him".

The former England and Arsenal centre-back also criticised Walker's defensive positioning, saying he was "caught too far forward when he should have dropped level with his defensive line".

It is not the first time Walker has been criticised for the defensive side of his game, with his propensity for going forward often showing his inexperience at the top level.

The criticism comes after he was pictured in a nightclub inhaling nitrous oxide. Walker apologised for the incident and will face no FA disciplinary charges.

Walker was England's only recognised right-back in the squad for England's 0-0 draw with Ukraine - only Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling from the bench can be said to be a rival for the position following Glen Johnson's injury.

Other options for the England right-back spot include Manchester United's Phil Jones and Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson, who has featured in every Premier League game for the Gunners this season.

Kyle Walker has eight caps for England, as well as 75 appearances in the Premier League with Tottenham.


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