Tottenham defender Kyle Walker says his recent injury heartache will only spur him on to try and win silverware in the upcoming campaign.
After a superb season with Spurs, Walker looked to have established himself as England’s first choice right-back but broke his toe at just the wrong time, meaning he was unable to take part in Euro 2012.
Furthermore, his recovery took longer than expected so he was also unavailable for selection for Team GB and missed out on a once in a lifetime opportunity to play in the Olympics.
The 22-year-old was understandably heartbroken to have been ruled out of both tournaments for such an innocuous injury and is now fully focused on continuing to improve ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
However, there’s plenty of football before then and following the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas as Spurs boss, the Lilywhites are now being tipped by punters who regularly bet on sport to mount a serious title challenge in the upcoming season.
They have already picked some impressive results and scores football in pre-season as they seek to build on last season’s fourth place finish, a position that would have guaranteed them Champions League football had it not been for Chelsea’s dramatic final win over Bayern Munich.
The disappointment of the summer has only spurred Walker on and he is looking forward to helping his side try to finally end their trophy drought.
“It has not been the easiest of summers, it was horrible watching the Euros,” he said. “I had to watch it at home and it was hard as I really wanted to be out there.
“It was unfortunate the injury came when it did. I felt my form was good and I felt fit and fresh, but sometimes things happen for a reason. It makes you want it even more when something like that is taken away from you.
“I’m still young enough to play in several major tournaments, but you can’t take things for granted,” he added.