Kyle Walker tells Johnny Phillips he's dreaming of Brazil
Soccer Saturday's Johnny Phillips meets Kyle Walker to discuss his love of Spurs and World Cup dreams.
Last Updated: 06/02/14 10:11am
A seemingly permanent fixture in the Tottenham team, this weekend will see him making his 100th Premier League appearance for the North Londoners if, as expected, he plays against Everton in the live Sky game this Sunday afternoon.
The 23-year-old has recently put pen to paper on a new contract that ties him up at White Hart Lane until 2019 and he has the potential to become one of the club's greatest servants.
I caught up with him this week at the opening of a new 'Get To Know Cancer' drop-in clinic at Tottenham Community Sports Centre, over the road from the stadium.
It is part of the club's season-long support of the NHS campaign, which aims to raise awareness of symptoms and promote early diagnosis of cancer in London.
"It affects everyone, whether it be friends, family or yourself," said Walker. "So I don't think a quick five minutes check-up is too much trouble for the life of a loved one."
He was accompanied at the opening by club legend Gary Mabbutt, who is a few hundred appearances ahead of the full-back when it comes to the club's records, but maybe one day Walker will be up there with him.
"It's my fifth season, I'm getting old now!" he added. "I love everything about the club, the fans, the players and staff. It makes it great to come into work every day when the players get on so well. We're really enjoying it at the moment."
Very few of those five seasons have passed by quietly. Managers have changed more regularly than fans would have liked and players have come and gone as Spurs have endured a testing time trying to establish themselves as a top four club.
"In my first season there was a lot of chopping and changing in defence," Walker explained.
"And there have been changes in management more recently. We do need a bit of time to gel as a team, but that's not an excuse. We're all good footballers so we should be challenging for the top four."
The reintegration of Emmanuel Adebayor has been one of the highlights of Spurs under new manager Tim Sherwood. Walker isn't surprised at the form he is showing.
"Michael Dawson says he's the hardest player he's ever played against in training. On his day he is unbelievable."
Walker also has some personal targets to aim for this season. A trip to Brazil for the World Cup would be one of those once-in-a-lifetime events. But he's a modest player and hasn't allowed his thoughts to drift too far ahead.
"Obviously it's always in the back of your mind but I'm mainly concentrating on Tottenham," he added.
"Hopefully I'll be on the plane to Brazil, it would be a great achievement at the age of 23 and I'd love to show what I could do out there, testing myself against the top countries. But if I keep playing well for Tottenham that will hopefully look after itself."
You can see the rest of our interview with Kyle Walker on Soccer Saturday this weekend.