Walker out of England squad

Kyle Walker has withdrawn from the England squad to face the Netherlands in Wednesday’s friendly, due to an ankle injury picked up in Tottenham’s 5-2 defeat at the hands of Arsenal, reports BBC Sport.

Walker, 21, has broken into the senior squad this season after working his way up from the U19 and U21 squads. He made his senior debut in the 1-0 friendly victory over Spain last November, replacing Scott Parker in the 85th minute. He made his full debut in the match immediately after, the 1-0 friendly win over Sweden, and received the Man of the Match award for an impressive display.

Tottenham have yet to confirm the severity of Walker’s ankle injury, though the fact that he remained on the pitch for the full 90 minutes despite the injury may point towards it not being overly severe. Walker tweeted after the game that he was “gutted about missing England.” Micah Richards could take his place for the friendly against the Netherlands.

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