Kyle Walker appears to have played his last match for England with Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate angry that he was booing coronavirus lockdown rules for hosting an orgy in his flat.
A report in The Sun revealed that Walker and a friend invited two companions to his flat in Cheshire last Tuesday, after hours earlier urging 1.5 million followers on Twitter to comply with government lockdown guidelines.
Greater punishment might come from England boss Southgate, though, with Daily Star claims he has vowed not to vote for Walker again, effectively ending his international right-back career at the age of only 29.
It was said that Southgate had been allowed to ‘boil’ on Walker’s behavior and felt he had not met the standards expected of an England international.
Walker played an important role in running England into the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 but was recently disliked, not being selected in the squad for the past six matches.
Southgate has many choices at right-back – with Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Manchester United youngster Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid – but Walker’s actions are described as ‘the last nail in the coffin’.
“I want to take this opportunity to issue a public apology for the choice I made last week,” Walker said in a statement on Sunday. ‘I understand that my position as a professional soccer player bears the responsibility of being a role model. Therefore, I want to apologize to family, friends, football clubs, supporters, and the public for disappointing them.
‘There are many heroes out there who are making an important difference to society today, and I really want to help support and highlight their extraordinary sacrifice and life-saving work over the past week. My actions differ directly from what I should have done regarding locking. “
Instead, it was announced on Monday that Southgate – who earns £ 3 million a year – and British female boss Phil Neville would take a 30% pay cut for their salaries because the FA is dealing with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
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