Kyle Walker was backed by England team-mate James Maddison to ‘do a job’ on Kylian Mbappe in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final clash.
The Three Lions have the daunting task of trying to stop the Paris Saint-Germain striker, who is Qatar’s top scorer with five goals.
Incredibly, the 23-year-old already has more World Cup goals [nine] as Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Maradona and Thierry Henry in what is only his second crack in the tournament.
Deployed on the left wing for France instead of leading the line as he does for Paris Saint-Germain, Mbappe had right-backs on toast.
Just ask Aston Villa’s Matty Cash, who said his legs were ‘burnt’ after Mbappe scored twice in France’s 3-1 round of 16 win over Poland.
He even managed to bamboozle the Dane Rasmus Kristensen where he sent him spinning on the ground with the ball not even in his possession.
England icon Stuart Pearce believes Walker will have to ‘have the match of his life’ to quash Mbappe’s threat.
But despite Mbappe’s stunning form, Leicester playmaker Maddison is confident Walker can score the maestro out of the weekend’s critical clash.
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Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT’s Hugh Woozencroft, Maddison said of the PSG striker: “He’s a fantastic player, one of the best in the world.
“I’m sure we’ll prepare well to try to stop him. Kyle Walker started at right back in the game against Senegal.
“He’s one of the best full-backs in the world, I think if anyone can do a job I think it’s him.
“But listen, France has a lot of threats, it’s not just Kylian Mbappé.
“They are a brilliant team and that’s why they are defending champions, we have to beware of a lot.
“But the tactical work that we’re doing, and the staff here, the work that’s going on in the background that people don’t see will hopefully leave us in good stead, and hopefully we can move forward.”
Maddison also commented on the fantastic atmosphere at camp as they prepare for their quarter-final encounter with the Blues.
Reflecting on the 3-0 win over Senegal, he said: “Everyone is buzzing and rightly so.
“What a positive performance, what a brilliant night for the nation – everyone at home and everyone here.
“The atmosphere is great at the minute and rightly so.”
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