Kyle Walker on England’s new siege mentality: calm and empathetic

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Squad bemused by fallout from Serbia but defender is ignoring social media and the press before Denmark game

“Guys, I’m not reading a single word of your copy but keep writing, you’re doing well. Keep going. Cheers!” This was not a direct quote from Kyle Walker as he signed off in typically cheery fashion from a chat with the UK press before England’s Group C Euro 2024 match against Denmark on Thursday. But it was not far off and absolutely the thrust of things.

There has been the temptation to wonder whether there is a siege mentality taking hold within the England setup. Put yourself in the players’ shoes, especially the 13 who were a part of a tournament ­match-day squad for the first time on ­Sunday when England opened with a 1-0 win against Serbia, ­experiencing the ­craziness of it all. And the subsequent ­reaction.

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Written by David Hytner in Frankfurt
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