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Kyle Walker has an extra incentive to shine at the Euros … to make up for under-performing in the Champions League final.
While most fingers were pointed at Pep Guardiola for Manchester City ’s defeat to Chelsea in Porto, Walker thinks the players, including himself, should have taken the rap.
He explained: “I think it is very harsh (to question Pep’s tactics). I hear a lot about his tactics and this, that and the other but nine times out of 10, even 10 times out of 10, Pep gets it right and no one complains about the tactics
“Then, it is like Manchester City scored five against X, Y and Z and no-one's complaining about the tactics then.
Kyle Walker and Manchester City suffered heartbreak in the Champions League final against Chelsea
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“He felt that that was the best team and we as lads fully backed him on that and sometimes it is down to the 11 players on the pitch to do a bit more.
“Each and every one of us could have done more and I don't think I'd be out of line by saying that.”
Walker is a certain starter on Sunday for the game against Croatia even though he says the players have not been told yet.
But he did suggest the prospect of Luke Shaw playing on the left side of a back three is unlikely.
Walker told Talksport: “I don't think I can remember Luke being in a back-three in training so that might have been when I wasn't here.
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“But we have personnel who can play in different positions and that is good.”
And Walker revealed how set-plays were featuring heavily in the most recent training sessions.
He said: “We all know our responsibilities on set-plays because we proved in the last World Cup that they are massive in big tournaments.
“Getting a few set-play goals and defending them very well can put you in good stead to last in the tournament.”
Walker hopes they can last even longer than they did at Russia 2018.
He added: “We are confident. England don't normally start tournaments too well but England don't normally get to a semi-final, which we did.
“Hopefully we can keep knocking down the barriers that are around us and the cliches that are around England.
“Let's not get down, keep going and keep fighting until we can't go any further.”