Kyle Walker thanks ‘unbelievable’ Pep Guardiola for his backing and reveals supportive message sent by Gareth Southgate

GRATEFUL Kyle last night than-ked his Man City manager Pep Guardiola and England’s Gareth Southgate for standing by him.

Kyle called the Spaniard “unbelievable”.

Kyle Walker thanked his Man City manager Pep Guardiola for standing by him


Kyle Walker thanked his Man City manager Pep Guardiola for standing by himCredit: Getty
Walker called the Spaniard'unbelievable'


Walker called the Spaniard ‘unbelievable’Credit: Dan Charity
Kyle with pregnant wife Annie Kilner


Kyle with pregnant wife Annie KilnerCredit: BackGrid

He said: “He didn’t know what was happening.

“I didn’t want to tell him because I didn’t want him to think I wasn’t mentally there.

“I can’t thank him enough for the understanding and belief he’s shown in me through four years.”

Pep, 53, made Kyle captain despite objections from some fans.

And the pair embraced on the pitch last Friday after a 1-0 win against Spurs in the FA Cup.

Kyle was visibly emotional and punched the air repeatedly.

He said Southgate — who made him England captain against North Macedonia last year — sent a supportive text message after his latest sex scandal.

He declined to reveal details but said: “For your national team manager to reach out in a time of need goes beyond football.”

At the time Kyle described the opportunity as a “fantastic moment for me and my family”.

In his interview he said: “To put on the England shirt and walk out for your country, bearing in mind I led my country out, you will never ever beat that.

“Only winning something with England would top that.”

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