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.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 1:09 pm

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.

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Jag Singh at his Go Local Extra store on Shoreham Street, which has been transformed into a shrine to Kyle Walker with the help of Bud Light (pic: Fabio De Paola/PA Wire)
Jag Singh at his Go Local Extra store on Shoreham Street, which has been transformed into a shrine to Kyle Walker with the help of Bud Light (pic: Fabio De Paola/PA Wire)

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.”

Jag Singh said having a local lad like Kyle Walker representing England at Euro 2020 was 'a really proud moment for Sheffield' (pic: Fabio De Paola/PA Wire)

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.

The store is opposite Sheffield United's Bramall Lane stadium (pic: Fabio De Paola/PA Wire)