WINGER Tom Walker admits it was a shock after receiving his first call-up to the England C squad.
The 22-year-old has impressed since his move from FC United of Manchester in January, and has scored one goal in eight appearances.
Now the midfielder will get the chance to prove himself on the international stage when Paul Fairclough’s side take on Wales at Barry Town’s Jenner Park later this month.
He said: “I’m really happy, I got a call on Wednesday night and when I got the call I was over the moon.
“It just took me by surprise and obviously when you get the chance and opportunity, you’ve just got to take it in your stride and hopefully I’ll do well.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I know Jason Gilchrist from when we were at FC United, we spoke to each other to say congratulations and it’ll help knowing someone there.”
Walker’s only previous international experience came with the under-18s when he attended a training camp at St. George’s Park for a few days, but he says it’ll be a proud moment to represent his country.
“It was a bit of a shock to be honest, I got called up when I was 18 to a training camp and I thought I’d never get a chance again.
“Obviously now I’ve got a chance in this England C side and hopefully I can do well here. To wear the actual kit, the England Three Lions, it’ll be a really proud moment.”
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
Salford joint-manager Bernard Morley says that since coming in, Walker has impressed and deserves his chance amongst non-league’s best players.
“It’s no shock to me and Jonno that Tom’s been selected for England C!
“Since he’s come in he’s been a breath of fresh air, he’s given us a different dynamic, he stretches teams with his pace, he’s direct and he’s done really well so it’s no surprise whatsoever.
“He’s been in a really good run of form since he’s been here, but it’s a massive achievement and I’m really pleased for him.
“I’m not comparing him to Sané in any way, shape or form, but he’s that breath of fresh air, he gets you up the pitch, he’s got good quality to the box, he’s fast, he comes on the inside, can go on the outside.
“He’s not just a predictable winger, he’s very unpredictable and that’s hard to defend against so it’s something that hopefully he can add to the England squad.”
England C face Wales C at Jenner Park, Barry, on Tuesday 20th March (KO 19:30).
The full squad can be seen here.