•Already on a yellow card and with the ball running loose, Walker recklessly jumped in on Arnor Traustason to become only the 14th player to be sent off for England.
• To win with 10 was commendable for the attitude of the players and coping with a that situation — Southgate
Kyle Walker says he takes “full blame” after being sent off for England and hopes it does not mark the end of his international career.
The Manchester City full-back, 30, returned to the side having missed the last six internationals, but received a second yellow card in the win against Iceland for a lunging tackle.
Walker said he will talk to boss Gareth Southgate about his England future. Southgate said the red card put his team “in a really difficult situation”.
Already on a yellow card and with the ball running loose, Walker recklessly jumped in on Arnor Traustason to become only the 14th player to be sent off for England.
He is now banned for Tuesday’s game against Denmark in Copenhagen and faces a tough task to get back into the side as he competes for a right-back spot with Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier.
City team-mate Raheem Sterling earned England a late win in their opening Nations League game with a 90th minute winner from the penalty spot.
A distraught-looking Walker told Sky Sports: “To get sent off for your country is never a nice moment especially after being out of the team for so long and being on 49 caps.
“I have to take the full blame. To make a rash challenge like that is not acceptable. I don’t blame the pressure, I am a seasoned professional and I should know how to manage a game. You have to say fair play to the lads for digging in and fighting and getting the win.
“Hopefully I will be back. I have to talk to the boss and see what he wants to do. I am more than happy to say I want to be around the team. I have missed it.”
Walker was the first player sent off in Southgate’s four-year reign, with Sterling the previous red card for the Three Lions in a friendly against Ecuador in 2014.
England were fortunate to escape with all three points after defender Joe Gomez conceded an injury-time penalty, which Birkir Bjarnason blazed wide.
Southgate was clearly unhappy with Walker, saying after the game: “We all have to learn from that incident in the game because we have gone out of tournament before when we have been down to 10 men. That is not the situation I have had in the time I have been in charge so the response to it from the rest of the team was good. It put us in a really difficult situation. I liked the character to respond to the setbacks that we had.
“The obvious lessons are the red card, you can’t make challenges like that. Kyle has spoken about it and held his hands up in the dressing room but being down to 10 men makes life so difficult to win matches.”
“To win with 10 was commendable for the attitude of the players and coping with a that situation.”