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Gareth Southgate praises ‘mature’ Kyle Walker as one of England’s leaders

Gareth Southgate has praised Kyle Walker for maturing into a standard-bearer in England’s growing group of leaders.There is an expectation around the Three Lions as preparations continue for Qatar having reached the World Cup semi-finals four years ago and then last summer’s European Championship final.England will be led into the World Cup by captain Harry Kane, who is supported by a number of club captains and trusted lieutenants within the squad.Southgate likes the leadership make-up of the group and highlighted the way 67-cap Manchester City right-back Walker has developed.“You notice players maturing,” he said. “For example, Kyle Walker who isn’t...
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Man City boosted by return of John Stones and Kyle Walker

Defenders John Stones and Kyle Walker are back in contention for Manchester City’s decisive final Premier League game of the season against Aston Villa on Sunday.The pair had been expected to miss the remainder of the season with thigh and ankle injuries respectively but have made quicker-than-expected recoveries.Both returned to training on Thursday and are in manager Pep Guardiola’s thoughts as he looks to close out a fourth league crown in five seasons.“We have incredible doctors and physios and they have recovered,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference. “They made a partial training and we will see tomorrow. It...
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