Paul Robinson has claimed Man City defender Kyle Walker “looked a little bit rusty” in England’s win over Senegal.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one suggested the 32-year-old was not quite fully fit heading into the last 16 tie.
Gareth Southgate picked Walker ahead of Kieran Trippier for England’s last 16 game against Senegal.
Walker endured a difficult 90 minutes up against Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr and was lucky to escape a booking in the first half.
The right-back will be tasked with stopping Kylian Mbappe if selected for the quarter final against France.
Mbappe has been one of the standout performers at the World Cup and is currently the tournament’s top scorer on five goals.
As quoted by The Athletic (5 December), Matty Cash gave a scary perception on Mbappe after going through him within the final 16.
Cash mentioned the Frenchman is much faster than Raheem Sterling.
When requested by Football Insider for his evaluation of Walker’s efficiency in opposition to Senegal, Robinson mentioned: “I believe he regarded somewhat rusty however that’s all.
“Sarr is an effective participant however Walker made him look higher than he’s.
“Walker had a very long time out with damage so he’s in all probability nonetheless working his means again to 100 per cent health. It is sweet that he bought one other full recreation below his belt.
“We are questioning his efficiency as a result of he was not as sharp as he usually does. I believe that recreation can have accomplished him the world of fine although.
“I’ve no qualms with him going into the following recreation in opposition to Mbappe. It is crucial that Walker performs in opposition to France.”
In different information, Robinson issues ‘big’ Jack Grealish verdict after what he’s spotted from Man City star.