By Kevin Campbell
Kevin Campbell has insisted Man City defender Kyle Walker “has to go” to the World Cup next month if his fitness allows it.
The former Arsenal striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, hailed the 32-year-old’s sharp “improvements” which allow him to shine at both centre-back and right-back.
According to The Sun (19 October), Kyle Walker squad be named in England’s provisional World Cup squad as Gareth Southgate is “desperate” to have the injured right-back in Qatar next month.
The report claims the 70-cap star is set to step up his recovery from groin surgery next week.
Chelsea star Reece James has also undergone surgery ahead of next month’s tournament with Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold the other options for Southgate.
Walker reprised his role at centre-back at last year’s European Championships after shining in that position during England’s successful 2018 World Cup campaign.
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Campbell also saluted the defender’s performances in an advanced right-back role for Man City.
He told Football Insider: “Walker’s speed tends to get defences out of trouble, and especially when he plays in that three-man defence for England.
“He’s improved his game so much. He knows how to play that advanced full-back role so well. We see him almost in midfield when he’s playing for Man City.
“If he is fit, he has to go.”
Walker made 31 appearances last season and has already turned out seven times for Man City in the new campaign.
England’s World Cup group features the United States, Wales, and Iran – who will be the Three Lions’ first opponents on 21 November.
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By Kevin Campbell