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Third time lucky for Kyle

Posted on 7 June 2016  - 08:00

Kyle Walker has finally touched down in a major international tournament.

Kyle WalkerIn action against PortugalLining up with Eric, Dele, Danny and Harry against Portugal

The full-back agonisingly missed the chance to represent England at Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup through injury.

Now he's one of five Spurs players in Roy Hodgson's squad for Euro 2016 and arrived with Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane and Danny Rose at England's HQ in Chantilly on Monday.

Capped 16 times, Kyle's form has got better and better as 2015-16 has progressed, illustrated by a Man of the Match display in England's final preparation friendly, a 1-0 win against Portugal on Thursday.

That has certainly handed the management food for thought in terms of selection for Saturday's opening group fixture against Russia in Marseille (8pm).

"It’s exciting times now," said Kyle, who started 35 of our 53 matches last term. "I have missed out on a World Cup and a European Championship finals before with unfortunate injuries but these things happen in football. I’m a big believer in fate so that happened for a reason.

"Hopefully I can get a few minutes’ game time but most importantly I hope we play well as a team.

"It’s always a proud moment to pull on an England shirt and it’s going to be a great tournament. I think we’ve got a young, exciting team with pace and power so I think we can cause teams problems."

Both Kyle and Danny have picked up Man of the Match awards in England's pre-France friendlies - Danny in the win against Turkey - as our quintet all started against Turkey and Portugal.

"It’s always fantastic to get the Man of the Match award and Danny is now getting the praise he deserves for his performances for both club and country," added Kyle. "But it was more about preparing as a team for such an important tournament.

"We're here now and can't wait to get started."