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Man City fullback Walker: I've come a long way

Manchester City fullback Kyle Walker feels leaving Tottenham has taken his game to a new level.

Walker says he's enjoyed the "journey".

He said: “I've come a long way from the area where I grew up in Sheffield to that loan spell at Northampton, which was my first taste of real professional football, to sitting here looking forward to the World Cup.

“It's been a ­journey. But I've enjoyed it and just want it to continue.

“Going to Northampton back then was a massive ­opportunity for me. I'd been in the ­academy at Sheffield United, who were in the Championship, and Northampton were in League One when I went there.

“Stuart Gray was the United manager and he gave me the ­chance to go and show what I could do really. From then, it's history. But I can still remember driving down with my mum and dad. They were in the front car and I had to follow them down because I'd never driven on a motorway!

“They even came in and watched me train after we arrived. Adebayo Akinfenwa was there and Leon Constantine.

“And I was thinking, 'These guys are going to think I'm just a kid who's turned up with his mum and dad!'

“It was like a first day at school – I think I only played 13 games there. But they were so valuable. Some of those players ­depended on winning games for their mortgage. So it was a ­massive learning curve to go down there and train with the ­senior players."

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