Martin Keown: Tottenham’s Kyle Walker had a ‘torrid’ game

Martin Keown has described Kyle Walker's performance for England against Ukraine as "torrid" following Tuesday's goalless draw

Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson's men played out a goalless draw on Tuesday Photo: Football.ua/Wikimedia

Martin Keown has described Kyle Walker’s performance for England against Ukraine as “torrid” following Tuesday’s goalless draw in Kiev.

The 23-year-old Tottenham right-back played the full 90 minutes as he made his first appearance since sparking controversy after being pictured taking a legal high on a recent night out.

And former Arsenal defender Keown feels that the Spurs man was not as his best as England sealed a point from the World Cup qualifier.

“Kyle Walker had a torrid time against Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“The 23-year-old Dnipro man is incredibly fast and Walker struggled with that. The Tottenham defender is used to relying on his pace to get him out of trouble but Konoplyanka was faster than him.

“He has to read the danger earlier, otherwise he’ll give more free-kicks away in dangerous positions like in the second half.”

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