Theo Walcott believes France striker Kylian Mbappe would struggle against the physique of England defender Kyle Walker.
The Three Lions will meet the Blues in the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup if both nations progress from their last 16 games against Senegal and Australia respectively.
Many consider Paris Saint-Germain superstar Mbappe Qatar’s most dangerous player and the 23-year-old backed that up with three goals and an assist in the group stage.
However, Walcott believes England could have the perfect weapon to nullify the Frenchman.
Man City right-back Walker returned from a long-term injury in the 3-0 win over Wales – and the 32-year-old is one of the few players in world football who can match Mbappe for pace.
In his pomp, Southampton star Walcott was among the fastest players in the Premier League and he faced Walker on several occasions.
Asked if Walker should tag Mbappe in a potential quarter-final showdown, ex-Arsenal star Walcott told talkSPORT: “I would love to see him. I really would.
“I feel like Mbappe would struggle against his [Walker’s] physical, if I’m being honest.
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“He plays in the French league, which is different from the Premier League and Walker has so much experience in the Champions League.
“So that would be a great test. I think we all want to see it.
“I couldn’t tell you who would win this – because Mbappe is a different beast, he’s on a different level right now.”
Despite a 0-0 draw with the United States, England quickly established themselves in the group and sealed first place with resounding victories over Iran and Wales.
Walcott, who was selected for the 2006 World Cup with the Three Lions, insists there will be tougher tests ahead.
He added: “International football is very difficult at all levels, but I don’t think we’ve been tested properly in defense yet.
“But we’ve been solid and it’s coming.”
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