Much has been made of the number of players from the county in the England squad: is it something in the water?
When Eileen Hetherington first met Kyle Walker, he was a scrawny 11-year-old starting at High Storrs school in south-west Sheffield where she taught PE. “He oozed personality,” she says. “He was personable, cheeky, a good laugh.”
He is now 5ft 10, weighs 13 stone, and is a right back playing in England’s World Cup squad. “He didn’t really fill out until after he left, so seeing him now as a big strapping footballer and, by the sounds of it, one of the best defenders in the world is amazing,” Hetherington says.