Walker left wondering and the pressure to conform in football

Natalie Sawyer is joined by Matt Dickinson and Bill Edgar to discuss the fall-out from England’s Nations League defeat to Spain at Wembley. With Joe Gomez preferred to Kyle Walker in a back 3, and Kieran Trippier continuing to excel at wing-back, is there a place in the England team for the title-winning Walker?

Plus as Southgate looks to solve the midfield conundrum, after a historical English emphasis on physicality, is there a shift in ambition for young players in this country in terms of the type of player they want to be?

On the subject of England and Spain, Peter Crouch spoke to Ben Machell and Hector Bellerin was in conversation with Matthew Syed, two interviews which you can read at thetimes.co.uk. We discuss with the panel the concept of footballers expressing themselves as unique individuals and whether there is too much pressure to conform in football.

And as the Women’s Super League kicks off, Rebecca Myers from The Sunday Times joins us to discuss a top tier made up entirely of professional clubs and the ramifications for women’s football in this country.


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