The Manchester City right-back was speaking to talkSPORT ahead of Wednesday night’s semi-final against Croatia
Kyle Walker has called playing with England ‘a joy’ and praised Gareth Southgate for rejuvenating the national team.
A 2-0 victory in the World Cup quarter-final against Sweden has put the Three Lions just two games away from emulating the success of 1966.
England have already secured their highest ever finish at a World Cup Finals since 1990, where they eventually finished fourth under Bobby Robson.
After crashing out of the group stages in 2014 and failing to go beyond the last eight in both Germany and Japan, the Manchester City man admitted there was a real feel-good factor around the camp.
When asked what has changed in the England set-up from previous major tournaments, Walker told talkSPORT: “I think everything.
“The manager has come in and put his stamp on it and I think he has to take a lot of the credit.
“Not many people thought he could achieve this coming into the job with the experience he had, so he has to take a lot of the credit for where we are now.
“He has been bold in his decisions and he’s stood by his decisions and he’s got rewards from it.
“I think it also comes down to the lads as well – the determination and enthusiasm in each and every training session, and even watching videos and studying our opponents.
“We all want to learn, we’re all excited to learn, it’s just been an absolute joy.”
The former Tottenham Hotspur man, who became the most expensive defender in the world last summer, was originally sceptical about playing in a back three this summer.
However, his pace and power on the right hand side have allowed John Stones and Harry Maguire to express themselves on the ball.
And the togetherness and unity which is spreading throughout the squad like wildfire could be crucial to taking the Three Lions all the way in Russia.
“To play in a team like this with the lads, probably from the outside looking in you can probably see only 20 per cent of it,” he added.
“But when you’re in the dressing room and you’re spending so much time with them, it’s a joy.
“The group we’ve got as a whole, we’re serious on the pitch but when we’re off the pitch we have to have fun.
“We’re family now. We’re family for this summer and we need to enjoy every second of it and be as one.”
Source : TalkSport