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British footballer Kyle Walker currently plays as a right-back for the English Premier League club Manchester City besides regularly representing the English national football team. He first achieved his footballing talent acknowledgement from “Football Unites, Racism Divides” project coach Paul Archer who referred him to the Sheffield United youth academy system. He then joined the club and made his progress through several age levels between 1997 and 2008. Walker made it to the first team of the club in 2009. He then made his move to Tottenham Hotspur in 2009.
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During his time with the Spurs, Walker played for several clubs on loan such as Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa. He then transferred to one of the Premier League champions Manchester City in 2017. Besides his club career, Walker also played for his national side at various age levels. He started his international journey with the England U-19 team in 2009. He then progressed through the U-21 squad before finally making his debut for the senior team in 2011. Walker played 34 matches for the England national team till now. Undoubtedly, he earned his place among the most talented young footballers in England.
“Football Unites, Racism Divides” project coach Paul Archer first noticed Walker and his footballing talent. He then recommended Walker to join the youth academy system of Sheffield United. Walker started his football journey with the academy at the age of just 7. He progressed through the age-levels and earned his place as a regular in the reserve team in 2008. He then joined the League One club Northampton Town on loan in November 2008. Walker made his return to the Bramall Lane after playing 9 matches for Northampton Town.
After returning from Northampton Town, Walker made his debut for Sheffield United in a third round FA Cup match against Leyton Orient on 13th January 2009. Due to the injury issue of the squad members, he earned a permanent place at the club during the last half of that season. He then made his league debut against Swansea City on 25th April 2009. Walker started for his club in both the FA Cup matches against Preston North End and the final against Burnley. For his appearance in the final, he became the youngest Sheffield United player to play at Wembley Stadium.
Walker transferred to Tottenham Hotspur on 22nd July 2009, along with his Sheffield’s teammate Kyle Naughton. He then quickly moved back to his former team as a clause of the deal. Walker finally called by the Spurs on 1st February 2010. He then made his debut for Tottenham against Portsmouth on 27th March 2010. He joined Queens Park Rangers for a six-month loan initially. The deal was later extended until 3rd January 2011. Walker then again moved to Aston Villa to play for the club until the end of 2010-11 season. He made his debut for the club and scored the winning goal against his former club Sheffield United in January 2011. Walker then scored his first Premier League goal against Fulham on 5th February 2011. He made his return to the Tottenham Hotspur ground at the end of the 2010–11 season.
He started the season with Spurs against Manchester United on 22nd August 2011 at Old Trafford. Walker then scored the winning goal in the North London derby against Arsenal on 2nd October 2011. He earned the PFA Young Player of the Year award on 22nd April 2012. He defeated several talented footballers like Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for winning the prestigious title. Walker signed a new contract extension with Tottenham on 3rd May 2012, followed by another on 28th October 2013. He earned his place in the PFA Team of the Year on 20th April 2017.
Walker signed a five-year contract with Manchester City on 14th July 2017. He earned a reported transfer fee of £45 million which could cross the £50 million mark with several add-ons. He then made his competitive debut for City against Brighton on 12th August 2017. Walker made his home debut against Everton 21st August 2017. He helped his club Manchester City to win the 2018 EFL Cup Final against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on 25th February 2018.
Walker earned his first call-up for the U-19 English team in 2009 and made his debut against Spain U-19 on 10th February 2009. He earned his place in the English U-21 squad to participate in the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Denmark. He then earned his call-up for the senior team following his great performance in the Premier League. Walker made his senior international debut in a friendly against Spain on 12th November 2011. He then made his first start for the national team against Sweden on 15th November 2011. He also achieved the man-of-the-match award on the very same match. Walker played his first full-90-minute match for England against Italy on 15th August 2012.
Born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Walker raised by his parents Tracey Walker and Michael Walker. He is of Jamaican descent through his father’s side. He spent most of his childhood growing up on a council estate in the Sharrow area of the Sheffield city. Walker attended the Porter Croft Infant & Junior School. He then completed his schooling at High Storrs School in 2006. Walker currently is in a relationship with his long-time supermodel glamorous girlfriend Annie Kilner. The pair currently has two kids named Roman and Riann Walker.
Walker’s current net worth stands at $36 million USD, and his market value is estimated to be around $60 million USD. He gets around $8 million USD as his annual salary from his club Manchester City in the ongoing season. Beside football income, he also has $13 million worth of personal investments. Walker wore several Umbro boots such as Stealth Pro II, GT Pro, and GT Pro II between 2009 and 2012. Walker signed a deal with Nike in December 2012 to wear their T90 Laser IV boot. Wayne Rooney also wore that same boot during his time in Manchester United.
Walker helped his clubs to achieve great victories over their opponents. He earned compliments for being the most dependable defenders of the English team. Walker helped Tottenham Hotspur to become the Football League Cup runner-up in season 2014-15. He then achieved the EFL Cup with Manchester City in season 2017-18. Besides his team-performances, some of the most notable individual awards that Walker received till now are as follows: