Kyle Walker, England’s oldest and fastest player, is aiming for Euro 2020 triumph.
Kyle Walker, England’s oldest member of the squad, thinks that if any of his teammates challenged him to a 100-meter sprint, he would already be the winner.
With the Manchester City full-back ready for another campaign with the Three Lions, the 31-year-old is set to start in Sunday’s Group D opener against Croatia at Wembley.
The only two players above the age of 30 are Walker and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, making England’s squad one of the youngest in the championships.
Walker, despite this, remains one of the fastest players in the Premier League and believes he can still outrun the rest of the team in the 100 meters.
He told the Official England Podcast, “I’ve been with England for 11 years now, so I must be doing something right to get called up at the age of 31.”
“I often tell the young ones, ‘You might think I’m ancient,’ and they tease me when I say, ‘Oldest begins’ in possession or games.
In England, who would win a 100m dash? I’m the one. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying!
“However, if any of you want to race me, I’ll be delighted…and I’ll probably give you a head start as well,” I remark.
“Who do you think would win a 100m race in England?” I’m the one. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying!
“Marcus (Rashford), Luke Shaw, Phil Foden, and Raheem (Sterling) are speedy as well…
But we have a team that is blessed with speed in many areas, which we want to exploit.”
Walker did not play in either of England’s warm-up victories, having been granted a lengthy rest following his appearance for Manchester City in the Champions League final loss to Chelsea.
Walker says that despite facing Mason Mount, Reece James, and Ben Chilwell in the final, all allegiances have been set to the side.
“I’m in good shape and am looking forward to the tournament,” he remarked.
“I think we have a good team with the players we have. (This is a brief piece.)