August 7, 2018 / 3:49 AM / 3 months ago

City's Walker backs decision to cut holidays short

Soccer Football - World Cup - Semi Final - Croatia v England - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 11, 2018 England's Kyle Walker during the match REUTERS/Carl Recine

(Reuters) - Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has said he would have been “stupid” not to cut his post-World Cup break short and return to the club’s pre-season training camp.

Walker and fellow City defender John Stones were part of the England squad that finished fourth at the World Cup and returned to full training last week. Both players started City’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday.

“To not be a part of this would have been stupid, for me to not want to come back,” Walker told reporters.

“Come Christmas I might be saying to you that I’m absolutely knackered, but that is just football.

“The gaffer gave me the option, he said you can either come back on Aug. 6 after this, or you can come back and to play,” Walker added.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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