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Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has defended his team-mate Kyle Walker after the full-back was labelled an idiot by Manchester United legend Roy Keane.
Keane gave a scathing assessment of Walker's defending after he gave away a penalty in City's 1-1 draw with Liverpool in their most recent Premier League game.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Keane said: "He's [Sadio Mane] up against an idiot. People tell me Kyle Walker is playing well, I don't think so.
"He's 30 years of age, international player. He's a car crash, he keeps making these types of mistakes and rightly punished for it."
Now, De Bruyne has defended Walker ahead of a UEFA Nations League clash between Belgium and England.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference, De Bruyne said: "From the moment that Kyle came to the team at City he's been one of the most constant performers with us.
"He is never injured he plays all the time, he's reliable and he's a really good defender. I think the job that he does is a really good one.
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"Obviously every position is different you can't compare the work that Kyle does to say what Trent Alexander-Arnold does at Liverpool.
"But there's a reason why he's playing all these years at this level for all these teams.
"It means he's been really good no matter what Roy Keane says. Keane's a different man and everyone knows that but that's okay! Kyle will take it on the chin and be fine with it."
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England boss Gareth Southgate also defended Walker, saying: "I think he’s playing extremely well.
"Observations and analysis are fine, I think personal criticism less so, I think we have to be careful about that.
"I’m very happy with what Kyle is doing. He’s playing every game for his club because the manager trusts him and feels he needs him so if he’s doing that for Pep [Guardiola] it’s an indication of the quality."
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