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UEFA Euro Cup 2016

Euro 2016: Kyle Walker was England’s Best Player on the Pitch v. Wales

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England's defender Kyle Walker celebrates after the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. England won the match 2-1. / AFP / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

England managed to beat rivals Wales 2-1 in stoppage time to go top of Group B into the final match day. While The Three Lions sealed the victory, it was not their best performance in the tournament. While they underwhelmed, one player stood out again on the pitch for the English, right-back Kyle Walker.

Throughout the 2015/16 season, Walker was a changed player under Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. He provided a greater attacking presence for Tottenham Hotspur, and was much better defensively, Which helped the squad become one of the best defensive sides in Europe. As a result, he was favored over Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne in coach Roy Hodgson’s starting eleven for the Euro 2016. In the first game against Russia, he was a constant threat for the English. He even registered a shot in the match.

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Against Wales, it was much of the same. Throughout the match, Walker was menacing. He bombed up and down the pitch, using his speed to his advantage. While wingers Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana were unable to create chances and provide width in the attack, the Spurs man was the outlet out wide for the side, as he got into attacking areas throughout the match.

As a result of his play, he pinned back Welsh fullback Neil Taylor for long periods of the match. While England were searching for the go-ahead goal, Walker was the go-to man as the England forwards were packed inside the box.

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Walker completed 22 out of 26 passes in the attacking third of the pitch, creating one chance for his side. While his crosses weren’t successful, he put the ball in menacing areas for his team to attack. He also recovered the ball for his side in attacking areas as well during the second half of the match.

While he was not involved in both goals, Walker provided an outlet for English attacks to continue throughout the 90 minutes. He provided an energetic presence in the side and contributed to the side’s overall play immensely.

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