Blogs & Opinion


Johnny Phillips:

Most Popular Posts:

Kyle Walker tells Johnny Phillips he's dreaming of Brazil

Johnny Phillips - Johnny Phillips Posted 5th February 2014 view comments

It's easy to forget how young Kyle Walker is.

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.

Walker: set to make his 100th Premier League appearance for Tottenham

Walker: set to make his 100th Premier League appearance for Tottenham

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.

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.

Kyle Walker
Quotes of the week

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."

Changed

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.

back to top

Other Football Experts:

Latest Posts in Football:

Jamie Carragher

Carra: Would Balotelli start?

Jamie Carragher is not convinced Mario Balotelli would get into the Liverpool starting XI ahead of Daniel Sturridge....

Guillem Balague

Balague's best buys

Guillem Balague picks his top 15 under-the-radar signings set for a big La Liga this season......

Latest News RSS feeds

Live transfer updates

Liverpool in talks to sign Mario Balotelli, Man United land Marcos Rojo and Edin Dzeko pens a new Man City deal.

FA investigates Mackay dossier

The FA is looking into allegations made by Cardiff against former manager Malky Mackay and head of recruitment Iain Moody.

Carra: Would Balotelli start?

Jamie Carragher is not convinced Mario Balotelli would get into the Liverpool starting XI ahead of Daniel Sturridge.

Nicholas: Get the job done

Charlie Nicholas says he would be 'amazed' if Celtic now fail to reach the Champions League group stages.

Sherwood new Palace favourite

Tim Sherwood is the new favourite to manage Crystal Palace after a dramatic day ended Malky Mackay's chances.

Features

Premier League Transfer: New signing Marcos Rojo must prove the critics wrong once again at Manchester United

Premier League Transfer: New signing Marcos Rojo must prove the critics wrong once again at Manchester United

It’s not Arturo Vidal or Mats Hummels but it seems Manchester United finally have a new signing in £16million man Marcos Rojo. The Argentine defender will arrive at Old Trafford with more questions than those believing him to have the answers. No matter. Rojo has proved the critics wrong before.

Champions League playoff: Arsenal survive Besiktas test with Calum Chambers impressive in the centre of defence

Champions League playoff: Arsenal survive Besiktas test with Calum Chambers impressive in the centre of defence

It was a night that always threatened to be ghastly for Arsenal, the type of long European trip that smacks of the clichéd banana skin so early in the season.

Transfer News: Sky Bet rate Liverpool's chances of signing each of the strikers on their reported shortlist

Transfer News: Sky Bet rate Liverpool's chances of signing each of the strikers on their reported shortlist

In a recent statistical write up by Whoscored.com, over 60 per cent of Skysports.com readers named Marco Reus as the much-needed forward they believe Liverpool should sign before the summer transfer deadline.