Kyle Walker has told the London Evening Standard how he thinks he can win his place back in the England national setup.
The Tottenham Hotspur defender is hot on the heels of Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne and has suggested there are two ways he can get back into England’s first choice side.
“It’s another duel for me, and I have to maintain tunnel vision. I have to do the things that got me into the England squad in the first place, and hopefully I can make that right-back spot my own,” said Walker.
“It will be hard, because Clyne is playing very well and coming up with goals, which is always a bonus.”
The first aspect of tunnel vision suggests that he feels he’ll have to be a little selfish.
It’s a tricky balance for him to achieve because his club boss Mauricio Pochettino, will always stress the need for his players to think about their teammates and wants right for the team over their own personal ambitions.
Whether he can start adding goals to his game will also be difficult for him to achieve because that’s not his job in Tottenham’s team.
He can’t start drifting inside and looking to get on the end of some good chances because it completely jeopardises the integrity of Tottenham’s back four.
He’ll have clear and precise defensive instructions from Pochettino and if he defies them, he’ll quickly find himself on the bench.
Clyne’s goals, as Walker points out, are a bonus so he can’t get too prefixed on becoming a more attacking right-back.
He’s back fit and he’s playing consistently for Tottenham. He needs to have faith that the call from Roy Hodgson will come and then he can pile the pressure onto Clyne.