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Tottenham defender Walker happy to be likened to Roberto Carlos

Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker has gained comparisons to Brazil star Roberto Carlos for his early performances in the 2011 U21 European Championships for England.

The 21-year old has welcomed the judgment, mainly from Spanish media, and says the treatment he received against Ukraine was very flattering.

"It's a compliment, isn't it? It's not bad to be put in the same sentence as him!" he said of the Roberto Carlos likeness.

"You could see in the (Ukraine) game they stuck two on me, which is a bit frustrating.

"But it's a team game. There are 10 other players. It can't all revolve around a right-back getting forward."

And he also said that his days as a centre forward are long gone.

"I used to play for England Under-16s at centre-forward, so it's probably come from there," he added.

"I started going right-back at scholarship level. Ron Reid at Sheffield United put me there against Nottingham Forest and that was it.

"It was only one game but it stuck. I'd never played there before. I liked it. It was different. I enjoyed it.

"It's just gone on from there, really. It's been four or five years now. I've forgotten about my history of being a centre-forward and concentrated on being a right-back.

"I like to get forward but my job's defending. It's only a bonus going forward. If I can help my team going forward, I will."

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Andrew Slevison
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