KYLE EDMUND has taken Andy Murray’s place as British No1 – but insists Murray remains the better football player.
Liverpool fan Edmund wore an England shirt ahead of the Three Lions’ opening game and before he begins his grass-court campaign at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s.
The Liverpool fan said: “I remember four years ago we played our first match and I remember practising at Wimbledon and then going down to one of the pubs in Wimbledon.
“A few of the English boys watched it in there, it was good fun. It was my first England game in the pub so it was good to see everyone getting into it. I think it was one all.
“I’m okay at football, but Andy is the best I’ve played against, he obviously loves football and has done it a lot more.”
Edmund has found himself being recognised more since his run to the semi finals of the Australian Open in January.
And he will use the World Cup as a way to wind-down as the spotlight falls on him and his fellow Brits in the build-up to Wimbledon.
Edmund said: “Because you are British, at this time of year it’s a lot busier.
“A few more people have asked and recognised me. But it’s not an issue. You just get on with it. It only takes up a few seconds of your time.
“There’s not a huge amount of time to rest and relax, so when it does come it’s pretty important and valuable.
“When I do have a bit of time in the evenings to myself, I just really chill out, watch something on TV, movies or sport.
“The good thing is there’s the World Cup now so I’ll be watching the games.”