Tottenham defender Kyle Walker has confessed that having to miss out both Euro 2012 and the Olympic Games this summer through injury was very hard to take.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough year at White Hart Lane on his way to being named the Professional Footballers' Association young player of the year and was widely tipped to be England’s first-choice right-back in Poland and Ukraine.
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But, after picking up a broken toe just weeks before the end of the season, Walker had to sit out two major tournaments and he has admitted that it was painful to watch knowing he could have been participating in both.
"It has not been the easiest of summers. It was horrible watching the Euros. I had to watch it at home and it was hard as I really wanted to be out there," Walker explained to The Mirror.
“It was unfortunate the injury came when it did. I felt my form was good and I felt fit and fresh. But sometimes things have happen for a reason.
“It makes you want it even more when something like that is taken away from you.
“I’m still young enough to play in several major tournaments, but you can’t take things for granted. That’s why I was so gutted."
However, the England international did concede that he was excited to be playing under Tottenham’s new head coach Andre Villas-Boas, and that he was raring to go ahead of the upcoming campaign.
He continued: "I’m looking forward to new season."
“It’s a new manager and we have to impress him. We all start from scratch and hope you do enough to play.
“It keeps you on your toes, for sure.”
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