Walker ea­ger to re­pay trust af­ter re­prieve by South­gate

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Sam Wal­lace and Matt Law

Kyle Walker has ac­knowl­edged that Gareth South­gate has given him an Eng­land re­prieve af­ter mak­ing “bad de­ci­sions” – twice be­ing ac­cused of break­ing lock­down pro­to­cols this year as his per­sonal prob­lems mounted.

Walker, 30, is back in for the Na­tions League games against Ice­land and Den­mark hav­ing been omit­ted by South­gate from the three pre­vi­ous squads, rais­ing ques­tions about the his in­ter­na­tional fu­ture.

The Manch­ester City full-back was forced to is­sue a pub­lic apol­ogy in April af­ter break­ing lock­down rules by invit­ing two sex work­ers to his home, then he faced al­le­ga­tions that he vis­ited fam­ily mem­bers in South York­shire.

Walker told BBC Five Live he and South­gate had dis­cussed his sit­u­a­tion be­fore the squad was an­nounced. “Me and the boss spoke af­ter the lock­down in­ci­dents and, you know, he as­sured me that we all

make mis­takes,” he said. “Ob­vi­ously, mine was on a big­ger scale and gets mag­ni­fied with me be­ing in the pub­lic eye and a role model to young chil­dren.”

Walker added: “I re­flect on, you know, my de­ci­sion mak­ing. It was bad de­ci­sions from me at an im­por­tant time for the coun­try and the world. I take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for that but I’m mov­ing on now. ”

Mean­while, Jor­dan Pick­ford is fac­ing a fight for the Eng­land No1 spot with his po­si­tion al­ready un­der threat from Burn­ley goal­keeper Nick Pope, who hopes to start ahead of him against Ice­land on Satur­day. And Pick­ford could face an ad­di­tional chal­lenge from Dean Hen­der­son this sea­son if the 23-year-old can force his way in ahead of David de Gea at Manch­ester United af­ter sign­ing a new con­tract at Old Traf­ford.

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