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Kyle breaks new ground on familiar soil

Posted on 27 May 2015  - 20:09

Little did Kyle Walker-Peters know when he stepped out at Shah Alam Stadium in Kuala Lumpur with our Under-18s in January that just four months later he’d be making his senior debut on the same turf – playing alongside the likes of Harry Kane in front of thousands of passionate fans!

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The young full-back went on as a half-time substitute for Danny Rose as we secured a 2-1 victory over a Malaysia XI at the impressive 80,000-seater arena in the first match of our post-season tour on Wednesday.

Understandably delighted to be given a chance by Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino after a solid campaign at youth and Under-21 level, Kyle admitted the humid conditions didn’t come as a surprise to him – and then paid tribute to some of our other recent Academy graduates for the role they’ve played in helping his generation through the ranks.

“It was a surreal experience and I’m really happy to have made my debut for the first team. I really enjoyed it out there,” beamed Kyle, who helped us reach the quarter-finals of the Frenz Under-18 International Cup at the same venue earlier this year.

“It was so hot, but I did come here recently with the Under-18s, so I knew what was coming and had a bit of a head-start mentally. It was still tough though!

“I feel I’ve worked hard this season to earn this opportunity and I hope I’ve taken it and impressed the manager.

“The senior squad have involved me and the other young lads in everything and that really helps. A lot of the current first team players have all come through the Academy as well and people like Harry Kane, Andros Townsend, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb all speak to us regularly and give us advice.”