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Walker talk – Eric and Harry salute star man

Posted on 3 June 2016  - 10:05

Eric Dier and Harry Kane were quick to praise Kyle Walker for his Man of the Match display in England’s 1-0 win over Portugal on Thursday night.

Kyle Walker and Eric Dier on defensive duty for England at Wembley on ThursdayKyle holds off Portugal's Andre Gomes

The right-back produced a fine all-round performance at Wembley just over a week before the start of Euro 2016, giving himself an ideal platform to build on at the tournament finals in France.

One of five Spurs players in the Three Lions’ starting line-up, the 26-year-old imposed himself on the match from the outset and went close to scoring in spectacular fashion in the first half when his long-range drive arrowed just wide.

He was lively all night and it came as little surprise when his name was read aloud over the PA system, confirming him as Man of the Match.

Speaking to us at the national stadium after the game, which saw Portugal’s Bruno Alves sent off and Chris Smalling on target in the latter stages, both Eric and Harry gave their club and country team-mate a firm pat on the back.

“I’m delighted for him, I thought he was fantastic,” said Eric, who played 90 minutes in central midfield.

“He’s such a presence up and down that right side and he’s brought his form from Tottenham right into the England team which is great.”


Striker Harry (pictured above), who was withdrawn 13 minutes from time, added: “He’s done great for us whenever he’s played for England and he’s obviously been excellent for Spurs all season, as has Danny Rose at left-back.

“They were great again tonight, giving us that width, getting forward and obviously helping to defend as well.

“Kyle will be pleased with the performance, he’ll be pleased to have won Man of the Match and going forward to the Euros he’ll be very happy.”