Danny Welbeck’s withdrawal from England’s Under 21 squad was the only one to attract the headlines but Kyle Walker has also forgone the opportunity to add to his haul of caps at this level. As many people expected, Walker has broken through at White Hart Lane this season to make the right back slot his own and he will have a vital role to play at Newcastle on Sunday.
However, speaking to the press, Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce revealed further reasons for Kyle’s withdrawal.
“I spoke with Harry Redknapp on the same evening as well and he gave us his consent to take Kyle,” Pearce said.
“But Kyle’s girlfriend is due to have a baby very, very shortly in the next, I think, week or so and he had concerns about being away from home having been away for a week and that didn’t happen,”
It’s been a breakthrough season for Walker on the pitch and a big year all round on a personal level. Spurs fans and the manager will wish him well this week, but hope that he will be available to take his regular slot at St James’s Park this weekend.