John Hartson has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, which was broadcast on TalkSPORT on June 6th, that Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker is the weak link in England’s team.
England are set to take on Russia, Wales and Slovakia in the group stages at Euro 2016, and Hartson has a particular interest in seeing how Chris Coleman’s side do against the Three Lions.
Wales go into the match as outsiders, but Hartson believes that his country have a chance of pulling off an upset, if they can expose Walker.
“They have to try and get their best players on the ball in space,” Hartson said. “They need to get Gareth Bale running at Kyle Walker, who I think is probably the weak part of England’s side.”
Walker is competing with Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne for a place in England’s starting line-up for their first match against Russia.
Walker played in England’s last friendly match before the international tournament, which came against Portugal, hinting that he could be part of Roy Hodgson’s plans for the Three Lions’ opener against Russia.
Walker looked in impressive form against Portugal, but Hartson clearly feels that the Spurs defender is still a weak link.
Walker is one of five Spurs players in the England squad - alongside Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Eric Dier.