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Kyle Walker ready to sacrifice right-back role

Walker ready to sacrifice right-back role
By Eurosport

13/06/2018 at 07:24Updated 13/06/2018 at 07:35

England defender Kyle Walker is ready to sacrifice his preferred right-back spot and play as a centre-half at his first World Cup, the 28-year-old has said.

A key member of Manchester City's title-winning team last season, Walker has been deployed as a right-sided centre-back in a back-three by manager Gareth Southgate and is likely to retain the spot against Tunisia in their Group G opener on Monday.

"I have been playing professionally since I was 18 at right-back, so to go to your first World Cup and probably not play in your preferred position... is... well, not disappointing but a little bit of a step back," Walker told British media.

"I have to move on from it... as long as the manager feels it is going to benefit the team, then why not?"

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Walker, who was an integral part of a City defence that conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League last season, outlined the importance of reading the game as a centre-half.

"It is about reading the game, I don't want to leave space at the back to get on a counter-attack," he added.

"I'm a defender first and foremost, and if I'm playing right centre-half I am even more of a defender than the wing-backs."

England will also face Panama (June 24) and Belgium (June 28) in the group stage.

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