The current English squad set the bar after reaching the European Championship final – Kyle Walker


Kyle Walker believes the current selection of English players has given meaning back to wearing the shirt after making history by reaching the Euro 2020 final.

The Three Lions face Italy in their first grand final in 55 years at Wembley on Sunday after beating Denmark 2-1 after extra time to secure their spot.

England has never played in a European Championship final and only wants to win their second big silver treasure after winning the Jules Rimet trophy at the 1966 World Cup.

Since then, several managers and many players have tried to emulate Sir Alf Ramsey’s side and “bring football home”.

Now the Gareth Southgate roster has a better chance than ever and Walker believes the class of 2021 has now set a new standard for years to come.

“I think if you have put on an England shirt for the past four years, it means something now,” he said.

“It means something, we made history. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about England not winning a knockout game, England not winning a penalty shootout, England not having this, England not having that.

“We keep knocking down these boys with the nursery and the coaching staff and hopefully have now set the bar for future offspring – that is what our country wants and expects from us.”

64,950 fans were at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday evening to witness the victory over Denmark.

It has been suggested that England, having played all but one game at Wembley to advance to the final, had an unfair advantage.

Walker, however, denied these claims and urged English fans to do their part again on Sunday night.

“Those emotions and these kinds of games take hold,” he told Lion’s Den.

“We want one more (effort by the fans) because this twelfth man is vital. I now hear people complaining that England have an advantage at home.

“We never complained when we played certain people in their garden, it’s just the break of the green.

“We just want to hear them (fans) and I’ll bet my lowest dollar on them singing their hearts out for us.”

Walker’s former Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane scored the winning goal in extra time against the Danes and turned the rebound home after his penalty was saved.

The 31-year-old announced that he had a premonition that Kane might miss, but his own plan to succeed him and be the goalscorer hero didn’t materialize: “I said to H in the shower, ‘Skipper I don’t ‘ever think you’ll miss’.

“But for some reason I’m usually never there (on the edge of the box), I’m usually on the center line and think if they step up the field I have to run and catch it. .

“But for some reason I just felt like I had to be there, I was like, ‘If I can do that rebound, Kyle Walker can do the rebound to get England to the final – no one could tell me again.’

“Don’t do me, do nothing, say nothing about me, so I thought I’d try to get myself there. I was ready, but then I froze!

“He ran and took it but I’m too busy looking up to see where the ball gong is, that all Danish defenders are in front of me so I’m glad he got the rebound. I saw the headlines, but it didn’t happen. “


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