MANCHESTER CITY star Kyle Walker “broke” an unwritten rule while captaining England.
Walker wore the Three Lions’ armband on Monday for the national team’s final Euro 2024 qualifier against North Macedonia in Skopje with Harry Kane starting on the bench.
Kyle Walker was England captain in North Macedonia and carried the team pennantGetty
Walker “broke” an unofficial England rule by handing the pennant to Rico LewisEPA
Harry Kane would often pose with the England pennant during the team photoRex
Walker filled in for Kane as England captain against North MacedoniaGetty
As skipper, the full-back was responsible for the team’s pennant flag as he carried it out to the pitch while the two teams made their way out from the tunnel.
Kane would also pose with the pennant during the team’s pre-match photo before swapping it with the opposing captain.
However, Walker opted for something different as he decided to instead hand it over to City team-mate Rico Lewis, who was making his England debut.
The 33-year-old stood behind Lewis and looked quite proud of his 19-year-old team-mate.
That proved to be a good luck charm for the versatile ace, who started at left-back.
That is because the youngster’s first ever senior cap ended with him being voted Player of the Match.
Lewis was hard done by a harsh penalty decision as a VAR check determined he fouled Bojan Miovski by simply tapping his face as he headed the ball away.
That led to a spot-kick that saw Enis Bardhi opening the scoring after getting the rebound from Jordan Pickford who saved his first effort.
However, Lewis fought back and helped England pick up a 1-1 draw thanks to an own goal by Jani Atanasov.
Walker played on the other side at right-back and competed throughout the entire 90 minutes.
Kane came on from the bench on 58 minutes as he replaced Ollie Watkins and contributed to Atanasov’s own goal.