Former Sheffield United defender Kyle Walker has apologised for his actions after he was photographed taking a legal high on a night out in Sheffield.
Walker, who now plays for Tottenham and represented England against Moldova on Friday, had admitted to ‘poor judgement’ after the photographs were made public.
The pictures show 23-year-old Walker inhaling from a black balloon, said to have contained nitrous oxide on a night out celebrating a pal’s birthday in his home city over the summer.
Nitrous Oxide, which is a laughing gas that is decanted into balloons and costs £1.50 a hit, gives users a feeling of euphoria.
Although nitrous oxide is legal, people inhaling the gas can die of suffocation.
The gas can also cause strokes, seizures, blackouts and stress on the heart.
Walker, who is in the England squad to face Ukraine tomorrow, said sorry on his official Twitter page.
He said: “Apologies for not commenting sooner on a story about me. I’ve been training and am focused on Tuesday’s game for England.
“Now I know the health risks, it was poor judgement on my part.
“I won’t be doing this again and hope that no one else is influenced into putting their health at risk by my actions.”
A source who was at the club where Walker was photographed said: “More and more canisters of laughing gas started appearing. Kyle and his pals were getting well carried away with them.
“He didn’t mind one bit that people were taking pictures.”
Walker was named as the PFA’s Young Player of the Year in 2012 and has won seven caps for England since making his debut against Spain in 2011.
He played for Sheffield United after rising through the ranks at its academy before moving to Tottenham in 2009.