|Org||England National Team|
|Club as Player||Manchester City|
2011 11 28 Retrieve
[Kyle Walker, who worked with Gary Speed as a young player at Sheffield United, was also full of praise for manager] I heard the news yesterday morning when my mum called me and I was gutted. I worked with him at Sheffield United where he was a coach and it was a big step for me in my playing career. He was exactly as he came across, he was fantastic and it was a privilege to know him. My thoughts are with his sons and his family, my heart goes out to them. He was a great guy and this is a sad time
2016 10 06 Retrieve
[England U21 Kyle Walker says England have learned from Euros exit] It was ‘we are going to play this way’, and if it didn’t work, then we didn’t really know what to do. But I feel for the Malta game we have different dimensions now. We have spoken, if something is not working, we need to go to this plan
2017 07 15 Retrieve
[Kyle Walker says he joined Manchester City for trophies] With the size of the club, we need to go on and pick up silverware, get trophies left, right and centre, and hopefully that can add to my CV because I haven’t won that many things so far in my career
Tottenham was a great club, it helped me to get me to where I am now. I’ve learned a lot, especially under the current manager (Mauricio Pochettino), he’s been fantastic with me. But sometimes your path isn’t there and you have to move on and what a place to come and take a different path. Just win trophies - that’s all I’m about and all I want to do. Hopefully we win titles, that’s what I’ve come here for; the most important thing is actually winning a title
What a manager to work under. I’m excited, and a little bit nervous, I’m not going to lie.
It’s the next chapter in my career where I can go on and learn. I think I’m at a good age now where I’m probably at the peak of my career and I just want to try and be the best player I can be. He’s very positive, says I’m going to fit into his style of play really well
2018 04 21 Retrieve
[Kyle Walker speaks about the Three Lions’ expectations for Russia 2018] I hope we can go as far as we can go, but we need to be realistic. To win the World Cup is going to be a miracle, but we have got the players to do it. There are a lot of good teams out there and our record in tournaments has not been fantastic. We’ve had a lot of conversations inside the camp - England haven’t won a knockout game for God knows how many years [their last victory was in 2006], so for us to go there and win a knockout game, that would be a step in the right direction
2019 11 06 Retrieve
[Kyle Walker makes admission after Man City goalkeeping experience and explains why he was chosen] I think it was a little bit of both. I try and sometimes wind up the keepers in training telling them to catch it and stuff but as I found tonight sometimes you have to take two touches.
All jokes aside we came here to get a point or a victory, we knew it was going to be difficult because they play man-to-man, they’re a good team and they’re in the Champions League for a reason so to come away from here, with how we ended the game, with a draw is a good point and we’ll take that on now
2019 11 09 Retrieve
[Kyle Walker reacts after having been forced to play a few minutes as a goalkeeper at the end of his side’s 1-1 draw with Atalanta] I try and sometimes [wind up] the other keepers in training, telling them to catch it. But as I found tonight, sometimes you do have to take two touches
2020 05 08 Retrieve
[Kyle Walker defends himself after breaking lockdown to visit family] I feel as though I have stayed silent for long enough. In light of the most recent article published about me and my family, I feel as though I have no choice but to address things publicly. I have recently gone through one of the toughest periods of my life, which I take full responsibility for. However, I now feel as though I am being harassed. This is no longer solely affecting me, but affecting the health of my family and my young children too. In relation to the events on Wednesday, I travelled to Sheffield to give my sister a birthday card and present, but also to speak to one of the few people I believe I can trust in my life. She hugged me to remind me how much she cares and that I am loved. What am I meant to do - push her away?
I then travelled to my parents’ house to pick up some home-cooked meals. Again, it’s been an extremely tough couple of months for them: everything I’ve gone through in my life they have gone through with me. What have my parents and sister done to deserve their privacy being invaded by photographers following me to their homes? I constantly feel as though I am being followed. I don’t even feel safe in the confines of my own home - why should they have to feel like that too? Who deserves that?
I am in a privileged position as a role model and a professional athlete, and can assure you from my upbringing that I do not take it for granted. But at what stage do my feelings get taken into consideration? My family has been torn apart, this has been dragged through the press, and I ask: when is enough enough? At a time when the focus is understandably on Covid-19, at what point does mental health get taken into consideration, an illness which affects every sufferer differently? I am a human being, with feelings of pain and upset just like everybody else. Being in the public eye as a professional athlete does not make you immune to this. It is sad, but I feel as though my life is being scrutinised without any context. I understand if people are upset or angry with me, but it was important for people to have a better understanding of my life. Thank you for taking the time to hear my feelings
2020 07 15 Retrieve
[Kyle Walker exclusive: Man City can beat anyone in the world as historic treble chance looms] We’ve come back and hit the ground running. I think the momentum is on our side, we’ve got the rhythm, players are looking sharp, feeling great, and hopefully we can just continue this great form we’re on and take it into the competitions we want to win.
We all believe in ourselves, we all believe in the manager, his philosophy, his way of playing. I feel on our day we can beat anyone in world football. It’s going to be a very exciting six weeks. In my first season I picked up three trophies here, and in my second season I picked up four. Obviously we’re just missing the Champions League, that’s the only one I haven’t got
Missing out on the Premier League was a big blow for us as a team, but you have to take your hats off to Liverpool, they played fantastically well throughout the season and deserved it, so fair play to them. But hopefully now we can go and do what they did last year by winning the Champions League, and put all our eggs into that basket now
I think it would come on par. I think last year gets really overlooked in terms of what we’ve achieved. Our first season we got 100 points, and that was: ‘Oh my gosh’, but to kind of conquer England last year, take everything, we thought that was a massive achievement for the team and where we’ve come from. To win it back-to-back, something a team hadn’t done for many years
But I think if we win the Champions League it would be right among that, because it’s something I feel this club needs to step up again into the right direction. We’ve proved we can be Premier League winners, but one thing missing is the Champions League, and that’s one thing us as players want, and definitely what the manager wants again.
It’s strange because when I first signed here and someone would have asked me what do you want … the Premier League or Champions League? And for me it was the Premier League. Obviously it’s all I’ve grown up watching. But now I’ve got that, and have two of them, which I’m fortunate to have, I do really want this.
I do think for some of the players in there, it’s to kind of finish their career - the likes of David Silva, Fernandinho - and not have picked up a Champions League, for the types of players they are, I think that’s the least we can do and we owe it to them. And as well we owe it to this club, which has supported each and every player to achieve what they wanted to achieve. For the club I think it’s what they need as well
Obviously the news is what we all want, and what we all deserve, because this club has worked hard, especially us as players, to get to where we are. I think the right decision has been made, but we’ve just had to concentrate on football, do what we do on the pitch, and let people who are a bit higher up than us deal with the legal side of it.
It’s what we deserve. I think the players in the changing room are world-class, and we want to be competing at the very highest level, which is the Champions League
This year was always going to be tough, and I felt in some games we’ve just thrown points away. No disrespect to the likes of Norwich, but we shouldn’t really be going down there and losing. But we will come back stronger, we’re hungry to not just sit on what we’ve done, we want to build on that
You have to show your appreciation for what Liverpool have achieved this year, and the way they’ve done it; they’re not just three or six points clear, they’re a lot of points clear of us, and that just shows they are deserved winners. Since then, it’s about being professional; they’ve won the league, but let’s not make the gap silly. Let’s try and close the gap down