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Kyle lock­down re­gret

- By SAMI MOK­BEL Sports · Manchester City Football Club · Manchester · England national football team · England · Gareth Southgate

KYLE WALKER has re­vealed his re­gret at flout­ing lock­down rules ear­lier this year as he broke his si­lence on the con­tro­versy that saw him branded a ‘Co­vid­iot’.

The Manch­ester City and Eng­land de­fender landed him­self in hot wa­ter in April by host­ing a house party at the height of the lock­down. In May, Walker breached the reg­u­la­tions for a second time by driv­ing to visit his par­ents and sis­ter.

But the in­ci­dents did not hin­der Walker’s dis­plays post-lock­down, cul­mi­nat­ing

in his eng­land re­call. And speak­ing about the flash­points, Walker said: ‘It was a bad de­ci­sion from me at an im­por­tant time for the coun­try and the world. I take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for that.

‘ Ob­vi­ously me and the boss (Gareth South­gate) spoke after the lock­down in­ci­dents and, you know, he as­sured me that we all make mis­takes.

‘Mine was on a big­ger scale and gets mag­ni­fied with me be­ing in the pub­lic eye and a role model to young chil­dren grow­ing up, so I have to take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for my ac­tions, which I have done.

‘Now I’m just mov­ing on. I’m so happy to be here. It’s lovely to see some of the lads again that you don’t get to see so reg­u­larly.’

Walker was an in­te­gral mem­ber of the World Cup squad who fin­ished fourth in 2018. And he added: ‘That’s the stan­dards we set for our­selves as a team and as a coun­try after what we pro­duced in the World Cup.

‘Would ev­ery­one have thought we’d have got to a semi-fi­nal in a World Cup? Prob­a­bly not.

‘But I think we changed the na­tion and how they per­ceive the eng­land team now.

‘So it’s an hon­our and a priv­i­lege to be here fi­nally after so long, and hope­fully I can pro­duce the goods on the train­ing pitch.’

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