Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker has revealed that the low point for him during his recent injury spell was missing out on the World Cup.
Walker is preparing for a return to the Tottenham first team when the side takes on Besiktas in the Europa League this evening and his return is a welcome boost over a busy Christmas and New Year period.
Walker would have likely been included in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the tournament in Brazil, but instead the defender was forced to watch from afar.
“Missing the World Cup through injury was most definitely a low point for me,” said Walker.
“That was probably made worst by the fact I didn’t make it back in time for the start of the season which everybody thought I would do.”
The good news is that rather than dwell on that low point, Walker appears to be using it as inspiration to drive forward and regain some of his best form for Spurs.
Tottenham play plenty of games over the winter and Walker’s return gives Mauricio Pochettino plenty of different squad options such as being able to utilise Eric Dier as a centre-back.
“That was a big low, but you have to move on. I’ve got a wise old head on my shoulders now.”
“I want to dig deep and start playing games and winning trophies now.”
Walker has lost his place at international level with Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne currently holding that spot under Roy Hodgson.
However, there is plenty of time left and plenty of games to be played by England ahead of the European Championship in 2016.
Walker could well have regained his place as England’s first choice right-back by that point and Hodgson has always maintained that he will reward players who show consistent form over a lengthy period.