Villa starlet tipped to shine for Young Lions

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Former Aston Villa loanee Kyle Walker believes Marc Albrighton can shine for England U21s on the international stage.

The Tottenham Hotspur full back was impressed with his compatriots ability during a five-month Villa Park spell, and believes the right winger can make a huge impact for Stuart Pearce's side in Denmark.

"His quality is frightening," said the former Sheffield United defender, who is also in the Young Lions squad.

"I already thought Marc was a good working winger before I joined Villa - and he showed me exactly why my analysis was correct.

"I knew he could cross the ball with real quality but the quality he produced in training was frightening. He works so hard in training and his attitude is spot on. He wants to succeed as a professional footballer and he wants to be the best possible player he can be.

"His work-rate is an example to others coming through the ranks at the club but it's not just his attitude, his aptitude is up there too. He has real talent."


Continuing his assessment of the 21-year-old, Walker highlighted communication and intelligence as two of Albrighton's best features, and predicts the youngster will go on to big things for both club and country.

"As a winger he is class and he'll only improve as he gets older and matures as a player. He doesn't whip the ball in at pace when he plays, he just feeds it in, so it is perfect for strikers to get on the end," he continued.

"I've played with Marc at England U21 level and I think he'll have a good tournament in Denmark. He's a clever player and his communication is good on the pitch too. I've always learned if you talk on the pitch it can save you 10 yards running.

"So I think communication is vital really and if you are getting good communication from players it is even better."

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