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Walker: It's not over

Posted on 16 July 2000  - 12:00

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Ian Walker refuses to call time on his international career. Our long-serving goalkeeper was a member of Kevin Keegan's squad for most of England's qualifying campaign for the European Championships but missed out when the squad was announced before the tournament.

Meanwhile, Scottish star Neil Sullivan's arrival on a Bosman-style free transfer from Wimbledon casts doubts as to his immediate future as number one at the Lane.

Nevertheless, Walker is adamant he could still feature on the England scene again. He declared: "I don't think it's all over yet though but a lot depends on what happens this season. A few people said that I could have got into the Euro2000 squad at the end so I'm still considered to be round that area. I still believe I could have got in as well. Anyway, it's a new season, a new start and if things go well for me, I don't see why I can't get back in there."

Walker, 28, eventually lost his spot as third-choice behind David Seaman and Nigel Martyn to Ipswich's rising star Richard Wright. Villa's David James also went ahead of Walker in the running.

He added: "What disappointed me is that Kevin Keegan said in a newspaper that he would never let people know through the papers - and I found out through the papers!

"I haven't spoken to him since we played Scotland at Wembley and that is disappointing from my point of view as well, that he didn't bother to ring me up and explain that I wasn't in for this reason or whatever. Towards the end of the season you could tell that I wasn't going to be selected so it wasn't really a surprise."

Photographs courtesy of Action Images Ltd.

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