Gareth Southgate admits talking England star out of retirement after World Cup

England manager Gareth Southgate has admitted to talking Kyle Walker out of international duty after both Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup.

33-year-old Walker remains one of the finest players on the planet in his position but has evidently entered a period of reflection in his career, having also considered his future at club level with Manchester City this summer before ultimately agreeing to a contract extension.

Walker bagged his first England goal in a 77th appearance for his country against Ukraine in a Euro 2024 qualifier at the weekend, but it was a moment he almost didn’t experience…


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