Kyle Walker the first English keeper to make a Champions League save in three years after emergency role for Man City.

KYLE WALKER became the first English goalkeeper to make a Champions League save in nearly THREE YEARS after his emergency role for Manchester City on Wednesday.

The full-back, 29, was forced to go between the sticks for the final ten minutes of the 1-1 draw at Atalanta on a bizarre night in Italy.

 Walker is the first English goalkeeper to make a Champions League save since Hamer in 2016

Walker is the first English goalkeeper to make a Champions League save since Hamer in 2016

First-choice keeper Ederson was taken off at half-time as a precautionary measure after picking up a knock ahead of the top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool on Sunday.

Then sub stopper Claudio Bravo was sent-off with ten minutes to play after he brought down Josip Ilicic - who was clean through on goal.

Walker hauled himself off the bench, grabbed a goalkeeper's jersey and a pair of gloves and took his place between the posts.

Incredibly, he made two saves in the final ten minutes - including a nervy stop from the free-kick conceded by Bravo - becoming the first Englishman to do so since Ben Hamer for Leicester in 2016.


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His two saves meant he made more stops in the match than Ederson and Bravo combined.

Hamer was the last English goalkeeper to make a save in the Champions League - with the Prem's top clubs all boasting foreign No1s in recent seasons - after a stop against Porto in December of the 2016-17 season.

Despite the save, it was a night to forget for the Foxes - and particularly Hamer - after they lost 5-0 in Portugal.

Liverpool have relied on Brazilian Alisson, while Chelsea have Spanish Kepa Arrizabalaga and Tottenham have France's Hugo Lloris and Argentine Paulo Gazzaniga.

Hilariously, after going in goal, Walker was briefly the world's third-most expensive stopper - behind only Alisson and Kepa.

Walker joined Man City from Tottenham in 2017 in a £50million deal - and surely never expected to line-up in goal for the reigning champions.

After the cameo between the sticks, Walker said: “I try and banter the keepers in training and telling them to catch it.

"As I found out tonight sometimes you do have to take two touches!"

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