Kyle Walker-Peters says he’s happy to have ‘proved a few people fallacious’ at Tottenham following first senior England call-up… simply 18 months after they allowed him to be a part of Southampton
- Kyle Walker-Peters was drafted into the England squad for first time this week
- Walker-Peters moved to St Mary’s from boyhood membership Spurs in September 2020
- He had made simply 24 appearances for Spurs within the two-and-a-half seasons
- He believes taking step to go away for Southampton is now working in his favour
Kyle Walker-Peters insists he’s happy to be proving his doubters at Tottenham fallacious after incomes his first England call-up.
The Southampton full-back was drafted into Gareth Southgate’s England squad as fellow defenders Reece James and Trent Alexander-Arnold pulled out for the upcoming Wembley friendlies in opposition to Switzerland and Ivory Coast.
Walker-Peters moved to St Mary’s from boyhood membership Tottenham in September 2020, having initially joined on mortgage at the start of the year.
Kyle Walker-Peters is happy to be proving doubters fallacious after incomes first England call-up
He had made 24 appearances for Spurs after being handed his debut by Mauricio Pochettino
He had made simply 24 appearances for Spurs within the two-and-a-half seasons since breaking into the first-team and he believes taking the step to go away for Southampton is now working in his favour.
Asked if he had proved the doubters throughout his Tottenham days fallacious, Walker-Peters mentioned: ‘Yes, that is what I need to do.
‘I needed to go to Southampton as a result of I do know they consider in me and needed me to play commonly.
‘I proved a few people fallacious which is good. I’m specializing in performing for Southampton and to carry on enhancing.
Walker-Peters moved to St Mary’s from boyhood membership Tottenham in September 2020
‘It was undoubtedly one thing I’ve actually discovered from,’ he added of his time at Spurs. ‘I had some actually good performances however then did not play once more. I did not let it dishearten me, I appeared at it extra as ”the method”.
‘I trusted in Pochettino and I’ve discovered a lot from it, in that when you are in a facet and you have established your self not to take it with no consideration. Rather than look at it negatively, I look at it positively.’
It comes after ex-Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright mentioned Spurs made a mistake by letting the 24-year-old go almost 18 months in the past.
While Walker Peters has established himself as a key a part of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s facet, having performed 73 instances for the St Mary’s outfit, Spurs tried and failed to signal a right-back in January with the departed Serge Aurier, in addition to Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal failing to persuade.
Speaking on the Wrighty’s House Podcast, he mentioned: ‘Kyle Walker-Peters. It’s nice to see him. I keep in mind watching him at Tottenham and I’m pondering ”they removed him and introduced in Serge Aurier”.
‘When I watched Serge for a couple of video games I’m pondering ”’I’m sorry, Kyle Walker-Peters is a higher participant”.
Walker-Peters believes taking the step to go away for Southampton is now working in his favour
‘They introduced Emerson Royal in and I’m saying ”I’m sorry, he is a higher participant”. And even with Doherty, who does nice stuff going ahead, I’ve watched Walker-Peters and I’m glad he is bought the call-up.
‘I’m pondering ”why have Tottenham removed him while you see how he performs”?’
Being ready to function on both flank has been a bonus for each Walker-Peters and Saints this season and will see the 24-year-old emerge as a good possibility for Southgate to have across the camp.
But he’s already setting his sights on replicating the worldwide career of World Cup winner Philipp Lahm.
Lahm, who captained Germany to World Cup glory in 2014 and likewise collected eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League at Bayern Munich, was equally adept in each full-back positions.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has already seen similarities between the 2, saying not too long ago: ‘Kyle is an unbelievably sensible footballer with a tremendous soccer intelligence. He performs left-back, right-back.
‘He jogs my memory a little little bit of Philipp Lahm I need to say, as a result of he’s so good on the ball, he all the time has good choices. He can run and makes almost no errors.’
He is setting his sights on replicating the worldwide career of Germany legend Philipp Lahm
Speaking at St George’s Park following his call-up, Walker-Peters mentioned such lofty comparisons have to be a goal now he’s within the England ranks.
‘It is all the time good to be in contrast to high, high footballers,’ he mentioned.
‘Yes, I feel that versatility is one thing I’ve had from after I was younger. I’ve performed in midfield, left again and proper again.
‘Hopefully, sure, I might be England’s Philipp Lahm.
‘There’s a good distance to go till I can try this so I simply need to do effectively this week and see what occurs.’