David Ginola has criticised England defender Kyle Walker for his comments about his centre-back role ahead of the World Cup.The Manchester City star gave a frank interview on Tuesday and admitted playing at centre-back is a ‘step backward’ having played at right-back for his entire career. Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches diamond geezer There is little doubt of Walker’s standing as one of the country’s best right-backs, and yet Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has preferred to field Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier in that role, with Walker playing on the right side of a back-three.It’s worked well so far but, while Walker said he is happy to play wherever the manager puts him, the 28-year-old admitted he would much prefer to play in his natural position.Former France international and Tottenham star Ginola, though, told talkSPORT the Man City star should just be thankful he is representing his nation at a World Cup.“He’s just said a little bit too much,” Ginola said on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“You aim in your career to play in the World Cup, full stop“Just be proud of wearing the Three Lions shirt and playing for your country. World Cup latest on talkSPORT.com 1 Good times Fallon d’Floor misery NO JOY Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch #ENG Right-back Kyle Walker says playing in a back three is ‘step backwards’@laura_woodsy, @teamginola and Al discuss his quotes below ⬇️📻 https://t.co/AYsRgJWZEr pic.twitter.com/885KFHkV0I— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) June 13, 2018 SUPERSTITION Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup “When you play for your country at the World Cup, it’s not about yourself.“Yes, you have a preferred position but you’re representing your country, so it doesn’t matter.“You just have to be good and play as well as possible.”Listen to David Ginola on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast below: LU BEAUTY You’re the one Kyle Walker will line up on the right side of back-three for England at the World Cup
Ajinkya Rahane has been a conspicuous absentee from the ongoing Indian runfest against Sri Lanka but the middle order batsman appears to have the backing of the team management ahead of the tour of South Africa later this month.The 29-year-old right-hander has been the lone player in India’s top six without a fifty in the three-Test series against a Sri Lankan attack which has leaked many runs. (India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Virat Kohli celebrates homecoming to Delhi with 20th Test hundred)Rahane blew another opportunity on Saturday, getting stumped off Sri Lanka left-arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan for one even as India amassed 371/4 with skipper Virat Kohli and opener Murali Vijay making big centuries.”He would be disappointed with the manner he got out. He’s somebody who works very hard on his game,” batting coach Sanjay Bangar told reporters after the opening day’s play at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.”Last match and this match, his shot selections would be hurting him definitely. But he is a quality player and his overseas record is phenomenal. He has the ability to bounce back very quickly.”The Mumbai player has now managed seven runs in his last four innings against Sri Lanka whereas Kohli (three), Vijay (two), Cheteshwar Pujara (one) and Rohit Sharma (one) have helped themselves to centuries.Bangar pointed out Rahane’s impressive record abroad where the batsman has registered six of his nine hundreds, the last coming in Sri Lanka in August.”He’s scored a century in every country we’ve toured (in recent times), that speaks of his quality,” Bangar said.advertisement”He’s performed when chips were down. He’d be hurting with his dismissals but he’s too good a player to not making runs for a long time.”India will embark on a tour of South Africa later this month to play three tests, six one-dayers and three Twenty20 Internationals.