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Kyle Walker’s first England start could be the perfect omen for England against Sweden

The Man City defender will go full circle when he lines up against the Swedes on Saturday

Some things are just written in the stars.

It’s fair to say England winning the World Cup was not one of them (I know they’re not even close yet).

But we delved into the archives and discovered that Kyle Walker’s first start for the Three Lions could be the perfect omen to ensure England make it to the semi-final.

A lifetime ago

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A lifetime ago

Back in 2011, long before Walker became the tyro in Pep Guardiola’s title-winning machine, he was handed his full debut in a friendly under Fabio Capello.

The opponents that day? Sweden, of course.

Not only was Walker making his first start for England but he was a constant menace at right back, coming away with the man of the match award.

Not bad for just your second international game.

You need some confidence to pull of those boots

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You need some confidence to pull of those boots

It was back in the days of England being one of the most uninspiring teams in world football and long before the embarrassments of a group stage exit at Brazil 2014 and the loss to Iceland in 2016.

They managed a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Gareth Barry in front of the lowest Wembley attendance since the stadium had been rebuilt.

John Terry was under police investigation for allegedly racially abusing Anton Ferdinand which he was cleared of and England recorded their first win over Sweden since 1968.


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Walker could do with some of that advice now

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Walker could do with some of that advice now

Nowadays England are inspiring a nation so much there must have been points on Tuesday night when millions of people all over the country were singing ‘It’s coming home’ at the same time.

They scored plenty of goals in the group stage in Russia and to top it all they have finally won a penalty shootout.

But there is a nice symmetry in Walker making his full debut in a win against Sweden and dragging England to a World Cup semi-final by beating Sweden.

Only this time, instead of flying up and down the right wing, he will be expected to make up part of England’s rearguard as a right centre-back.

Get it out

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Get it out

Walker missed out on Euro 2012, the last time England beat Sweden in a competitive match, through injury but he’ll be there tomorrow.

To send England to dizzying heights.

Hopefully.