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Kyle Walker admits to bad decision-making during the coronavirus lockdown but now hopes to move on having talked things through with Gareth Southgate ahead of his England recall. A key part of the squad that reached the World Cup semi-finals two years ago, the Manchester City right-back has not played for his country since the Nations League finals in June 2019.
Southgate wanted to look at younger options but phoned the in-form 30-year-old in March to tell him he would be recalled, only for those friendlies to be scrapped due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The subsequent period saw Walker involved in some high-profile incidents, with the full-back reportedly hosting a party and travelling to South Yorkshire to visit his sister and parents at different addresses.
“I think I came back from the lockdown with Manchester City and hit the ground running, played some wonderful football. Asked further about the situation, Walker told transport : “Obviously me and the boss spoke after the lockdown incidents and, you know, he assured me that we all make mistakes.
Back in the squad after a 15-month absence, Walker says he already feels part of the family again having returned to a group that has changed for the better under Southgate’s leadership. England have certainly come a long way from one of the Three Lions’ darkest days at Euro 2016, when Iceland inflicted a shock 2-1 defeat in the round of 16.
“I’ve tried really hard to erase it out of my memory because I think with the team that we had and how we were playing individually for club level was very good,” said Walker, who started that match in Nice and could face them again in Saturday’s Nations League clash. Manchester City defender, Kyle Walker, is facing a massive fine from the club after breaching COVID-19 lockdown rules to host a sex party.
The player’s actions are in stark contrast to a campaign by his club, which Walker has been part of, to get people to stay at home due to the Coronavirus pandemic. “ Footballers are global role models and our staff and players have been working to support the incredible efforts of the NHS and other key workers in fighting the effects of Covid-19, in any way we can.
Jack Realism, following his accidental Madrid forward, Luka Join is also under investigation in Serbia after leaving isolation to attend his girlfriend’s birthday party. Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boating was also fined by his club after he left his home to visit his son in hospital, despite a lockdown being in place.
Since then, Walker has found himself struggling to hold on to his right-back berth, with both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Aaron Wan-Bissaka being preferred, and the City stopper being deployed in a more unfamiliar role on the right-hand side of a back three. Southgate had issued his own emotional plea to fans via a letter at the outset of the coronavirus crisis, and has since taken a 30 per cent pay cut to help the FA combat losses during the pandemic.
Walker did issue a grovelling apology on Sunday evening, releasing a video on social media to convey his regret. Walker and a friend paid £2,200 for Louise McNamara, 21, and a 24-year-old Brazilian call-girl to visit his home on Tuesday.
Jack Realism was forced into his own apology after he attended a gathering hosted at the penthouse flat of former Aston Villa team-mate Ross McCormack in Birmingham. Kyle Walker will never play for England again under Gareth Southgate, with the national team manager 'livid' over his alleged sex party.
Reports broke over the weekend claiming that the Manchester City defender and a friend invited two escorts over for a three-hour sex session. Walker made 48 appearances for his country between 2011 and 2020 and played an important role in the Three Lions' run to the 2018 World Cup semi-final.
“I want to take this opportunity to issue a public apology for the choices I made last week which have resulted in a story today about my private life in a tabloid newspaper. “There are heroes out there making a vital difference to society at the moment, and I have been keen to help support and highlight their amazing sacrifices and life-saving work over the past week.
Walker has not been involved in an England squad this season, with Southgate opting for youth over experience for the Euro 2020 qualifiers, but now the former Sheffield United man has hammered the final nails in his own international coffin. Walker has since issued a grovelling apology, while he faces an internal investigation by his club, but the report says “the crude mistake will prove to be the final straw for Southgate, who has no intention of handing the full back a recall ever again”.
“I want to take this opportunity to issue a public apology for the choices I made last week which have resulted in a story today (Sunday) about my private life in a tabloid newspaper,” Walker’s statement read. A club statement read: “Manchester City FC are aware of a story in a tabloid newspaper regarding the private life of Kyle Walker in relation to a breach of the UK lockdown and social distancing rules.
The situation has rather understandably left England manager Southgate ‘livid’, with the Daily Star suggesting his international career is over. Walker ‘will never be picked for the Three Lions again’ as long as Southgate is in charge, while City are considering handing out a £250,000 fine for breaking government rules.
A club spokesman announced that an internal investigation will be held into the matter, stating: “Manchester City are aware of a story in a tabloid newspaper regarding the private life of Kyle Walker in relation to a breach of the UK lockdown and social distancing rules. “Footballers are global role models and our staff and players have been working to support the incredible efforts of the NHS and other key workers in fighting the effects of Covid-19, in any way we can.
City have netted at least three goals in each of their last three meetings against the north London side and Walker, 30, is confident the streak will not be broken at Wembley. “It’s a knockout game, it’s what both teams do in both boxes that makes the difference,” Walker told City’s website.
Walker hinted that City’s substitutes will have a major role to play as they continue their quest for a second successive FA Cup triumph. The AI insight tips that England Under-21s Brandon Williams would be an excellent fit for the Saints and offer a long-term replacement to 31-year-old left-back Ryan Bertrand.
Brandon Williams has moved down the pecking order at Manchester United this season, however it remains to be seen if the club will be willing to let the English prospect leave on loan. Southampton FC have also been linked with Manchester City's Oleksandr Vincenzo, but the AI scout warns the left-back would not be as good a fit and may require higher wages and fees due to his age.
These are being utilized by AI Abacus, another leading start-up founded by RAM Mylvaganam who is a business leader in football analytics. “Professional team sport is a game of winners and losers and globally the stakes have never been higher,” Ryan says.
Ryan is lifelong Southampton FC fan and is delighted with the clubs strong first half of the season which has placed the club in contention for European qualification. “When Theo Walcott arrived at loan in the summer we looked at all the best options for him in the Premier League and Saints came out on top,” Ryan explains.
“We also identified Mohammed Salish as one of the top young center backs in Europe last season before he signed for Saints. England manager Gareth Southgate finally gets the chance to watch his players in action once again following the coronavirus break.
England kicks off their 2020/21 Nations League campaign with a trip to Iceland, who famously dumped the Three Lions out of Euro 2016. And Southgate could also call on some fresh faces this weekend, with Alvin Phillips, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Conor Cody, Mason Greenwood, Phil Modern and Jack Realism making the squad.
Iceland: The hosts are without Premier League duo Golf Sigurdsson and Johann Berg Edmundson, who decided not to play during this international break. England : Southgate is likely to start Kane up front, with Sterling and Jason Sancho off the main striker.
Don’t be surprised if Leeds man Phillips anchors the midfield as Eric Dear drops into defense to partner Michael Keane or potentially Kyle Walker. The absence of Edmundson and Sigurdsson for Iceland is a real blow, but the hosts will remain hopeful of inflicting another shock defeat on the Three Lions here.