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Kyle's Moscow mission

Posted on 8 June 2015  - 07:00

Kyle Walker-Peters feels he’s taken international football in his stride this season and is now looking to make an impact in England Under-18s’ friendly double-header in Russia - the first match in Moscow at 4pm today (Monday, June 8)

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The talented full-back made his Young Lions debut against Italy back in September.

By his own admission, it was no easy task to link up with a group largely comprising the 2014 UEFA Under-17 Championship winners.

But as he prepares for back-to-back matches in Moscow today and Wednesday, Kyle says he’s been satisfied with his integration into the England ranks over recent months and is keen to continue his progress on the pitch in what he expects will be two difficult games.

“From an international point of view, I think I’ve done well this season,” reflected the 18-year-old, who featured in the second half of both our post-season tour matches in Malaysia and Australia after a solid campaign at youth and Under-21 level.

“In a way, it’s hard to join in with a team that has previously won the European Championship so coming into that team and then doing well is a proud achievement for me.

“I think I’ve managed to get on with the boys and build a chemistry, which is good.

“Now we play Russia and I expect them to be really strong. They’ll be very tactic-based and a very good unit but we’ll be looking to perform to the best of our abilities and hopefully we’ll beat them.”