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A CLASS APART: Kyle Walker has been described as the best right-back in the world by England colleague Kieran Trippier

A CLASS APART: Kyle Walker has been described as the best right-back in the world by England colleague Kieran Trippier

Bank Holiday Monday's media watch kicks off with some high praise for City’s Kyle Walker from his England team-mate Kieran Trippier.

With the Champions League draw also coming up later this week, there is also a European vow of intent from our skipper Vincent Kompany.

And there is speculation about a first-ever senior England call-up for Phil Foden.

But we start with Tottenham defender Trippier’s declaration that Walker is, right now, the best right-back in the world. 

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Walker, who played alongside Trippier at Tottenham before moving to the Etihad in the summer of 2017, won the Premier League title with City last season and then hugely impressed with England at the World Cup finals as part of a back three.

And speaking on Sky's Soccer AM, Trippier, who also shone in Russia during England’s march to the semi-finals, did not hesitate when asked by Soccer AM's Tubes who the best right-back in the world was at the moment.

What’s more, Trippier is adamant that 28-year-old Walker will only get better.

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Speaking to Soccer AM, Trippier said: "At this moment in time, for me, personally, Walks (is the best right-back in the world).

“When I was playing with him at the World Cup, how quick and powerful he is. Even on the ball, you see it at Man City, he's so comfortable.

"He's got everything for a full-back, and he's only getting better playing at Man City. So for me, he's the No 1 right back in the world."

Meanwhile, Vincent Kompany has told the Manchester Evening News that City have unfinished business in the Champions League ahead of the competition’s group stage draw this Thursday.

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City went out at the quarter-final stage last season with a 5-1 aggregate score against Liverpool, but Kompany believes the Blues can progress further this time round.

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the competition for sure,” the City captain told Dan O’Toole.

“Last year we were ready to do more in the Champions League and we faced a team that was naturally a difficult opponent for us.

“I think that we’ve got a feeling that we can do better in it this season. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”

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And reflecting on last Saturday’s 1-1 draw away at Wolves,  Kompany, who racked up his 250th Premier League appearance in the hard-fought clash, believes City won't be the only top team to find the newly-promoted side a tough nut to crack.

Asked if they would surprise the league this season, Kompany told the MEN: “I'm convinced they will.

“They don't behave or play like a Championship team that has just been promoted. I'm confident that they will take points off our competitors.

“They are the typical type of team who is geared up to get big scalps because they have enough quality to play themselves out of situations when they are under pressure."

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Finally, the Daily Mirror speculate that Gareth Southgate will hand City teenager Phil Foden his first call-up into  England’s senior squad later this week.

According to the Mirror's Neil Moxley: “The Three Lions boss is fast-tracking the 18-year-old, along with former City colleague Jadon Sancho, as he is anxious to expose the pair to life in the goldfish bowl.

“City's Foden and Sancho, who left  the Blues for Borussia Dortmund last summer, are seen as the next generation who could break through to the full side.

“Southgate – building on his success of steering England to this summer's World Cup semi-final – wants to see how they cope, ahead of back-to-back fixtures against Spain and Switzerland next month.”



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