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From the KP to Spain - via the Lane - for Kyle

Posted on 23 March 2016  - 11:00

It’s been a whirlwind few days for the newest name on our Premier League teamsheet – and Kyle Walker-Peters’ life is only going to get busier on the international stage this week.

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The 18-year-old full-back was drafted into the senior squad in a competitive game for the first time when he was named as a substitute for Sunday’s clash with AFC Bournemouth at White Hart Lane.

It came less than 48 hours after he captained our Under-21s to a 3-0 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Naturally, he was thrilled to witness us defeat the Cherries by the same scoreline at close quarters, but he didn’t have much time for reflection as he and fellow Academy starlet Josh Onomah were quickly whisked away to meet up with the England Under-19s squad ahead of a trio of European Championship elite round qualifiers in Spain this week – the first of which is against Georgia tomorrow (Thursday, March 24).

“I knew on Saturday that I would be coming to the game but I found out I was on the bench when I got to the ground,” said Kyle, who played at left-back in our post-season tour matches in Malaysia and Sydney last summer.

“My reaction was obviously excitement and I guess a bit of nerves too, but I was very pleased to be involved for the first time. The players were outstanding in the game – it was a great experience for me to see them from a different angle. Obviously I was in the changing rooms and I saw what the character of the players is like on a matchday which can only benefit me going forward.”

Kyle on the bench against Bournemouth

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As for this week’s international matches, England Under-19s take on Greece on Saturday (March 26) and then Spain next Tuesday (March 29) following on from tomorrow’s opener against Georgia. Kyle is confident in the team’s ability to perform as they bid to qualify for the tournament finals in Germany over the summer.

“I think we’ll do well,” he declared. “They’re going to be tough games because European opposition are always good but we’ve got a very strong team and I think we’ll get through it.

“A lot of the players are playing first team football, a lot of them are out on loan so they have that senior experience and that should help us.”