Walker grabs chance to shine

BY foxsports • November 16, 2011

Having come off the bench to earn his first cap in England's shock victory over Spain on Saturday, Tottenham right-back Walker took full advantage of his first start in Tuesday night's victory at Wembley. The 21-year-old was joined on the pitch by three of his team-mates from this summer's Under-21 Championship in Denmark - Phil Jones, Jack Rodwell and Daniel Sturridge - while Danny Welbeck was only missing because of injury. Walker said: "It's an exciting squad now. It's full of youngsters - me, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones, Rodwell - the list goes on. "We're all in the manager's thoughts and I hope we're there in the summer." He added: "I just want to go out there and play football - what I enjoy doing. "The rest can take care of itself. I need to keep playing club football and hopefully keep performing at club football and then we'll look towards the summer." Walker, who was compared to Roberto Carlos while with the Under-21s in Denmark, admitted it had been "a massive step up" to senior international level. "You have to always concentrate. There are more experienced players. There are more dangerous players," he said. "But the under-21s is a fantastic level as well and you have to have that experience coming up through there to get into the seniors. "Thankfully, the gaffer, Stuart Pearce, gave me the opportunity to play there in the summer and I think I learnt a lot from that as well." Walker was playing in the npower Championship and for England Under-19s this time two years ago, with the past few days capping a meteoric rise for the defender. "It's been a whirlwind of a two years for me," he said. "I was in the under-19 squad two years ago. "I'm thankful for the opportunity I got [last night] and, hopefully, I can keep going." He added: "It's an honour, really to get out on the pitch and finally show what I can do. "I'm grateful and I owe a lot to my mum and dad for this." Walker appeared to form an instant understanding with Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, who he compared to Spurs team-mate Aaron Lennon. "I play with Azza at club level - he's a great player - and Theo's just like Azza," he said. "Hopefully, we built up and understanding and we crack on from there."

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