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World Cup 2014 - Kyle previews Italy

Posted by Tottenham Hotspur on 14 June 2014  - 10:10

Kyle Walker has underlined the importance of England's opener in the World Cup.

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Roy Hodgson’s men take on Italy in Manaus, kicking off at 11pm UK time. Uruguay and Costa Rica are also in Group D and meet in Fortaleza (8pm).

Capped 10 times by England and a regular member of the squad throughout qualifying, Kyle was unfortunately ruled out of the tournament through injury.

He said: “Every match is vital in the World Cup and you need to get points from every game, so that will be a key fixture.

“Italy are good team, great technical players with tournament know-how, and they’ve been around a long time.

“We’ll have to be on our game but we have some fantastic players, match-winners in the squad and I’m sure the lads will be confident."

Kyle was naturally frustrated to miss another major tournament through injury having been sidelined since March with a pelvic problem.

“It’s difficult, I’ve been here five years now and not really been injured,” he added.

“I missed the Euros in 2012 with a broken toe, that was at the end of the season. It’s a learning curve, I have to deal with it and hopefully I’ll come back stronger and fitter.”