Chelsea's Mancienne likened to Forest legend Walker

England U21 boss Stuart Pearce says Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne can match the achievements of his former Nottingham Forest teammate Des Walker.

England U21 boss Stuart Pearce says Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne can match the achievements of his former Nottingham Forest teammate Des Walker.

Pearce said: “If you put a run of form together then no matter where you are playing you will get looked at. Michael is very calm and assured, he’s a quiet lad but his positional sense is excellent. He reminds me a lot of Des Walker.

“He’s quick and he’ll put his boot or head in when required.

“It doesn’t surprise me this was the call-up for him.

“I’ve seen Michael at Wolves and he’s been their best player, possibly even the best on the pitch for most of the games.”

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