Christian Walton

Squad No. 31
Date of Birth November 9, 1995
Age 25
Height 195cm
Position Goalkeeper
Birthplace Truro
Previous Clubs Blackburn

Christian Timothy Walton (born 9 November 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion.  He has represented England at under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels.

Walton played in The Seagulls pre season friendly against Chelsea on 29 August 2020 where he came on as a half time substitute for Maty Ryan. However, he injured his ankle after an awkward landing from a save and was stretchered off and replaced by Robert Sánchez in an eventual 1–1 home draw. On 13 January 2021, Walton made a Premier League match day squad for the first time being named on the bench in the 1–0 away loss at Manchester City. He made his first appearance for Brighton in over 5 1/2 years on 23 January, playing in the 2–1 fourth round FA Cup home victory over Blackpool. He played in The Albion’s fifth round tie almost three weeks later on 10 February conceding a 90+4 minute header from Kelechi Iheanacho to knock Brighton out in the 1–0 away loss at Leicester City.

International career
Walton was called up to the England under-19 team for a friendly against Turkey on 5 March 2014. He entered the match as a 76th-minute substitute for Mitchell Beeney, the match finishing a 3–0 win. Walton received his first call-up to the England under-20 team for a friendly against Romania, in which he won his first cap. He was first called up to the England under-21 team on 25 August 2015 for their matches against the United States under-23 team and Norway under-21 team. However, he was forced to withdraw from the squad six days later after sustaining a groin injury playing for Bury in a 1–1 draw with Oldham Athletic.

Walton received his next under-21 call-up on 3 October 2016 for two 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Kazakhstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He won his first cap and kept a clean sheet in England’s 5–0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina on 11 October.