Walker shines for England

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Kyle Walker enjoyed a starting debut to remember for England last night in a 1-0 win over Sweden at Wembley.

The Tottenham Hotspur full-back followed in the footsteps of teammate Scott Parker by claiming the man-of-the-match award for his efforts, and manager Fabio Capello was delighted with the performance of the younger players.

"For me, it was more important to see Jones, Walker and Rodwell play against a team which is really organised on the pitch and difficult to play against," said the manager post-match.

"The answer that I received from the performance is really, really important. These three players played really, really well.

"He (Walker) has got everything. Technically he is very good. He is really fast and he plays with confidence always. He takes a risk. But he can improve. He needs to understand when you play with the seniors, when you play against the really important countries and teams, you need to be careful sometimes."

It was a night remember for Spurs' Croatian contingent as well, with Luka Modric playing a pivotal role in securing the nation's passage to Euro 2012 after their first leg win on Friday.

Vedran Corluka was suspended for the 0-0 clash in Zagreb, whilst Niko Kranjcar was unavailable as he recovers from a thigh injury.

"I just hope we can win the games and qualify, it’s massively important for everyone, for our careers, for Croatian football," said Modric ahead of the break.

Scott Parker was an unused substitute for England, whilst Rafael Van der Vaart was injured for Holland on Friday and didn't feature in the 3-0 defeat to Germany.

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