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Walker ready to sacrifice preferred right-back role

England defender likely to retain his spot against Tunisia

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London: England defender Kyle Walker is ready to sacrifice his preferred right-back spot and play as a centre-half at his first World Cup, the 28-year-old has said. A key member of Manchester City’s title-winning team last season, Walker has been deployed as a right-sided centre-back in a back-three by manager Gareth Southgate and is likely to retain the spot against Tunisia in their Group G opener on Monday.

“I have been playing professionally since I was 18 at right-back, so to go to your first World Cup and probably not play in your preferred position… is… well, not disappointing but a little bit of a step back,” Walker said.

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