Walker: Jagielka was a hero of mine

The Tottenham full-back has described the prospect of playing alongside the Everton defender as "an honour" after years spent idolising him as a Sheffield United fan

Kyle Walker has revealed that England team-mate Phil Jagielka was his hero growing up as a Sheffield United supporter.

The Sale-born centre-back came through the ranks at the Yorkshire club, making his name before sealing a move to current club Everton.

And the Tottenham full-back has admitted he used to idolise his international colleague during his time as a ball boy for the Blades.

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"I'm a Sheffield United boy, so it was Brian Deane when I started to support them. But then when I fell back into defence it was Phil Jagielka. He was a hero of mine," he told The Mirror.

"I remember one game, when he scored against Leeds in the League Cup. He took it down on his chest and volleyed it from 25 yards and it went into the corner - I was jumping up and down in the Family Stand.

"A few years later [December 2006], when he went in goal for the last half-hour and kept out Arsenal [United won 1-0], I was the ball-boy behind the net - and he kept on telling me to slow down."

The defensive duo are expected to start for the Three Lions against San Marino on Friday and Walker described the prospect as "an honour".

"I've seen some sights with, so to come here and play with him, to sit with him and eat is an honour for me," he added.

"Having dinner with him is pretty good, let alone playing with him. Sometimes he tries to get me some soup and I say to him, 'You can't be going that, let me get you some soup'.

"But I've never told him he was a hero - so don't make his head too big!"