Kyle Walker reacts as Sheffield store becomes shrine to England star for Euro 2020
A corner store in Sheffield has undergone a dramatic makeover to show its backing for Kyle Walker during Euro 2020.
The Go Local Extra convenience store on Shoreham Street, opposite Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane home, has been transformed into a shrine to the homegrown England and Manchester City star for the tournament.
The right-back’s face now beams down at shoppers from the shelves, with 50 photos of the defender including life-sized cut-outs in place at the store.
Walker grew up in Sharrow, a few miles from the shop, and spent more than a decade with Sheffield United after joining the club as a seven-year-old.
The shop’s owner Jag Singh, who is a big England fan, said: “Having a local lad like Kyle in such a big tournament is really exciting and a really proud moment for Sheffield. The store’s 'faceover’ is our way of showing him and the other England players our support.
“As a massive football fan, it's great to get shoppers excited about the tournament, and the prospect of Kyle and the team bringing it home this summer!”
Walker said of the homage: “Growing up in Sheffield, playing football as a kid, to getting scouted and turning pro, I have always had incredible support from my local community and along with the rest of the England team, I hope we can make all our supporters proud.”
The convenience store was transformed with the help of Bud Light, the official beer of the England men’s team.
To mark its sponsorship, the firm has created BOXHEADS – packs of beer emblazoned with the faces of Walker and his England teammates Jordan Pickford and Kieran Trippier.