England star Kyle Walker issues grovelling apology after legal high photo
England defender Kyle Walker has admitted to "poor judgement" after photographs emerged of him taking a legal high on a night out in Sheffield.
The Sunday Mirror stated the Tottenham right-back had inhaled nitrous oxide when out with friends over the summer, alongside photographs of Walker breathing out of a black balloon.
The 23-year-old, who played for England against Moldova on Friday and is in the squad to face Ukraine on Tuesday, wrote on his official Twitter page: "Apologies for not commenting sooner on a story about me today. I've been training and am focused on Tuesday's game for England.
"Now I know the health risks, it was poor judgement on my part.
"I won't be doing this again and hope that no one else is influenced into putting their health at risk by my actions."
Walker was named as the PFA's Young Player of the Year in 2012 and has won seven caps for England since making his debut against Spain in 2011.
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a legal high that is becoming increasingly popular in Britain.
Most often used in dentistry, nitrous oxide is known to produce a state of giddiness that can lead to nausea and headaches if enough is inhaled.
It can have wide-reaching side effects ranging from hallucinations to unconsciousness, brain damage and death as high levels of nitrous oxide displace oxygen in the user's lungs.
A sharp increase in popularity has led to the drug being nicknamed 'hippy crack', with Prince Harry also having been photographed inhaling from a balloon in the past, but supplying the gas for recreational use remains illegal even if the use of it is not.