Kyle Walker says competition at Tottenham Hotspur stands him in good stead for Euro 2016 battle

England's Kyle Walker in action with Turkey's Hakan Calhanoglu

The Tottenham right-back faced new pressure from Kieran Trippier at White Hart Lane this season.

England's Kyle Walker in action

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker has said, as quoted by BT Sport, that the new pressure on his place at club level from Kieran Trippier has helped to prepare him for the battle ahead for England at Euro 2016.

Walker was a key part of the Spurs side which launched a first title challenge in recent memory this season, making 35 appearances in all competitions and generally impressing with his consistent form.

It was perhaps the 26-year-old's most impressive season to date for the North London club, and his performances have seen him force his way back to the forefront of Roy Hodgson's thinking at right-back.

England's Kyle Walker in action with Turkey's Hakan Calhanoglu

Walker believes he has benefited from the increased competition at White Hart Lane after Mauricio Pochettino brought in Burnley man Kieran Trippier last summer, and says that pressure will stand him in good stead as he looks to establish himself as England's first-choice right-back at Euro 2016 ahead of Liverpool man Nathaniel Clyne.

Walker said, as quoted by BT Sport: "You're always coming out trying to impress. You want that shirt come Russia. It's difficult, you don't know who he's going to pick but that's not up to me to decide.

"All season at Tottenham, with Kieran Trippier, I've had someone snapping at my toes. I think it's good to have that healthy competition.

England's Kyle Walker shoots

"Nathaniel is a great player so whoever gets the nod for the Russia game I'm sure they'll do well. He'll get my full support if he is starting."

Walker appears to be winning the battle to start for England at his first major tournament this month, having played the full 90 minutes in the recent friendly international wins over Turkey and Portugal.

The strong competition between Walker and Clyne, both of who enjoyed successful personal campaigns this term, will serve England well as they look to have arguably their best strength in depth at right-back in recent years. 

Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker in action with Southampton's Steven Davis

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