Pep Guardiola has revealed he was surprised right-back Kyle Walker was dropped by England manager Gareth Southgate.
Southgate chose Atletico Madrid’s new signing Kieran Trippier, Manchester United's Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, but he decided to leave Walker out of his Three Lions squad despite the City defender‘s good start to the Premier League season.
Speaking in his press conference on Friday, the Spaniard backed Walker to regain his place in the international side.
He said as Sky Sports reported: "I was surprised he wasn't picked at first. Of course we respect the decision, it's up to Gareth Southgate and I understand it.
"I'm pretty sure the players want to go and play for their national teams, but he's incredibly strong and he will be back.
"He's played really well since the beginning of the season but Wan-Bissaka and [Trent] Alexander-Arnold are incredible full-backs.
"There are many things Kyle Walker knows very well because he's spent three seasons here, but we are delighted with [new signing Joao]Cancelo and he will start to play soon. Joao must understand he has to be ready for when we decide to play him."
Walker has played 104 times in all competitions under Guardiola since signing for the Citizens two years ago in July 2017.