Former Blade targeting Euro spot

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FORMER Sheffield United defender Kyle Walker wants to be part of England’s Euro 2012 squad and become a Tottenham regular after being hailed as the ‘new Roberto Carlos.’

Walker was labelled with that tag by sections of the foreign media after a superb performance for England Under-21s against Spain during the summer European Championship finals.

He reaped the benefits of a season-long loan at Aston Villa, signed a new five-year contract at Spurs and has now been included in the England squad for tomorrow’s home clash with Holland at Wembley.

Walker said: “It’s been a whirlwind two years. There have been a lot of big steps in my career.

“The summer has been all football but it’s all been good. The Tottenham contract, I’m happy for, and hopefully I can get into the team now and push forward there.

“There are a lot of quality players at Tottenham and it is going to be difficult. But it is massively important for me to be playing week in and week out. I’ve had a taste of it at Villa, playing week in and week out at Premier League level.”

Walker, who could be joined in the starting eleven by Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley following the withdrawals of Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere and Michael Carrick, added: “I’d like to think I’ve proved I can play Premier League football and hopefully the gaffer (Harry Redknapp) puts some trust in me and plays me.

“I feel at Spurs I need to get a couple of games and show the gaffer what I can do.”