Kyle Walker hints at plan to stop ex Spurs star Gareth Bale

England's Kyle Walker in action with Russia's Fedor Smolov

England take on Wales on Thursday and there will be plenty of battles between familiar foes, not least between Real talisman Bale and his former Tottenham teammates.

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

Tottenham defender Kyle Walker has offered his thoughts on facing Gareth Bale in the vital upcoming Group B match later this week, in a video on the club's website.

In footage that appears to have been recorded by the North Londoners before Walker joined up with England for the European Championships, the rapid right back admitted the Real Madrid superstar is a quality individual, but hinted towards a strategy that may be key  in keeping the Welshman quiet.

Wales' Gareth Bale celebrates scoring their first goalWales' Gareth Bale scored his country's first goal against Slovakia

"I played against Gareth numerous times in training," Walker told Spurs TV. "He's a good player, you have to give him a little bit of respect."

"But also, he has to know that he's in for a game with me and hopefully I'm going to try and run him the other way."

Fellow Spurs man Danny Rose had earlier this week jokingly revealed that Bale is one of the few players he has seen that could beat Walker in a foot race, as quoted in the Guardian, a frightening prospect for the English defence.

England's Kyle Walker in action with Russia's Fedor SmolovEngland's Kyle Walker in action with Russia's Fedor Smolov

But the former Sheffield United player clearly feels that attack may be England's best form of defence against their neighbours, and the threat both fullbacks offer could well curtail the impact Bale has on the game.

Walker joined Tottenham in 2009, finally establishing himself in the Lilywhites' first team in 2011 after a number of loan spells, two years before Bale would depart White Hart Lane for Madrid in what remains the most expensive transfer ever.

Gareth Bale - Tottenham HotspurGareth Bale at Tottenham Hotspur

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