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England coach Southgate tribute to Man City fullback Walker

England coach Gareth Southgate has paid tribute to Manchester City fullback Kyle Walker after he surpassed World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst's on England appearances.

Southgate revealed they did a pre-match presentation for Walker before his 50th cap against Belgium which puts him one ahead of 1966 hat-trick hero Hurst.

Southgate said: “We gave him a presentation before the game. I think he goes level with Phil Neal, which obviously I was the only one in the room who knew. And above Sir Geoff Hurst, which is incredible.

“To spend nine, ten years playing for your country, you go through a huge range of experiences and he has but he is a man who organises well, who talks across the line.

“His physical attributes mean that in a game like Belgium, where speed is so important, he was able to get across on the cover where a couple of times other players had been beaten and he was there in great covering positions.

“But also then his acceleration with the ball to get out of trouble and because he's comfortable, having played full-back, to bring the ball [out].

“A couple of times we drove forward and we wanted that from the outside centre-backs, when we were in possession, that they were able to bring the ball higher up the pitch and combine. So I thought he had an excellent performance."

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