Matty Cash has hailed Kyle Walker ahead of his battle with Kylian Mbappe when England and France clash in their World Cup quarter-final.
And the Poland and Aston Villa right-back, who faced Mbappe and Lionel Messi at Qatar 20222, doesn’t think his Premier League rival needs any advice about facing the tournament’s top goalscorer.
GettyCash had the job of containing Mbappe in Poland’s clash
GettyNow England star Walker will be tasked with Mbappe in the quarter-final
The full-back went head-to-head with the deadly French forward in Poland’s last-16 tie which saw Mbappe score twice in Les Bleus’ 3-1 victory – leaving Cash saying the star ‘burned his legs’.
But he reckons the Three Lions may have the perfect solution to the problem Mbappe will cause them.
“I think when you look at England you’ve got Kyle Walker who will probably play there,” he told talkSPORT. “To be honest when you look at Kyle Walker he’s probably the best right-back around.
“You’ve got Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and Reece [James] who are fantastic on the ball and can do everything going forward. But if you look at Kyle Walker’s attributes in terms of defending, he is an unbelievable one-on-one defender.
“He’s probably just as quick as Mbappe. That’ll be a very good battle which I’m really looking forward to watching actually.
“As I say, though, I don’t need to really give Kyle Walker any tips. He’s played against him many times and he’ll know what to do.
GettyWalker has got the better of Mbappe before at club level
GettyAnd Walker has done it on more than one occasion too
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“So, as I said, I’m looking forward to watching that battle.”
The Man City right-back will be confident going into the crunch clash, having faced the Paris Saint-Germain ace four times in the Champions League.
In those fixtures, Walker was on the winning side three times, losing just once.
The full-back’s England teammate, midfielder James Maddison, also told talkSPORT that Walker is the man that can snuff out Mbappe’s threat.
“He’s one of the best full-backs in the world,” the Leicester City playmaker said. “I think if anyone can do a job, I think it’s him.”
England’s clash against France is set for Saturday at 7pm, which you can listen to live on talkSPORT.
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