Kyle Walker Wants To Return To The Right Back Position For England

Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has revealed he relishes the right back role more than playing in the heart of the defence.

Walker became the costliest English defender when he moved to the Etihad Stadium from Tottenham Hotspur. The English international was a key part of the title winning Manchester City side.

Despite making his mark as a right back Walker was slotted into the three Lions defence by Gareth Southgate in the World Cup. Walker has spent his entire career on the right side of defence where he has used his marauding pace to outrun the opposition defenders.

Walker is more of a natural passer of the ball and Southgate earlier explained he wants to utilise the defender’s passing ability to play from the back. However, the defender begs to differ from the opinion and wants to play as a right back for the Three Lions.

He said, “I want to play right-back for England. I think that’s my spot. I have played there for nine years.

“In the World Cup I was happy to play anywhere. Gareth Southgate felt that would help the team so I was happy to sacrifice the chance to prove that I am one of the best right-backs in the world.

“But I don’t see myself as a centre-half. When I am 30 and I haven’t got the legs then maybe I could learn that position but I would still have to be playing it at club level to do that.

“I have to pick it up really quickly when I go back to England because it’s not something I’m doing week in, week out. I have to put all the work I have done with Pep (Guardiola) to the side and listen to something else.

“I am starting from scratch again and it’s a lot to take in for just three or four days. I have to re-adjust myself.”

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