'Phenomenal': Jose Mourinho agrees with Fabregas over Manchester City star at Euro 2020
Jose Mourinho has told The Times that Kyle Walker edged out Manchester City teammate Raheem Sterling for being the best England player at Euro 2020.
Of course, it proved to be a heartbreaking end to the tournament for the Three Lions. They were beaten on penalties by Italy in Sunday’s final.
But it was another major step in the right direction for Gareth Southgate’s men.
Having gone from semi-finalists in 2018 to the final three years later, they will hope that they can clear that final hurdle in Qatar.
A number of England stars enjoyed amazing tournaments. And for many, it would appear that Sterling was the standout.
The City forward emphatically silenced those who doubted whether he deserved to start this summer. And it was Sterling who seemingly kept driving at Italy as England tired at the weekend.
But he was not the only City star to enjoy a superb campaign. And Mourinho claimed that Walker was the best of the lot for England.
“For England, I would say Walker,” he told The Times. “Sterling was very good but I think he should have taken a penalty. Walker was phenomenal from the first to the last minute, at right back and as centre back of a three.
“I don’t remember him losing a duel and he was amazing at controlling every space behind him. He gave incredible security to the defensive line and showed great personality.”
Mourinho praise of Walker echoed by Fabregas, who named Manchester City star his Euro 2020 Player of the Tournament
Of course, Mourinho is not the only pundit to have come to that conclusion. Cesc Fabregas tweeted that Walker was his player of the entire tournament.
Walker was outstanding. His pace saved England on a couple of occasions. But his energy was crucial.
The good news is Walker should still be able to take part at next year’s World Cup. He will be 32 by then. But there are few signs that the defender is losing any of the attributes that have made him so integral.