THE boy has done good.
On the hallowed, lush Wembley turf on Tuesday night, Kyle Walker completed his meteoric rise to prominence by making his first start for England.
It was his second cap for his country and he delivered a man of the match performance as the Three Lions beat Sweden for the first time since 1968.
The Sheffielder supported the attack at every available opportunity, barely gave the ball away and defended resolutely throughout. His athleticism caught the eye and some pundits already feel he has the potential to go and become one of the best right-backs in the world.
What Walker has achieved in his fledgling career is incredible, particularly when you consider it was less than two years ago he was plying his trade at Bramall Lane in the Championship.
Walker faces stiff competition from Glen Johnson and Micah Richards for the right-back spot but you would be a fool to back against the 21-year-old from being on the plane and included in the squad for the European Championships next year.
Indeed, Walker was one of two former Blades and Sheffield & District Junior league players in England’s back four in midweek. Gary Cahill was the other.