Hartlepool Utd’s Walker called up for England U18 training camp

Brad Walker in action against Whitby Town.
Brad Walker in action against Whitby Town.
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COLIN Cooper believes Hartlepool United’s Brad Walker won’t have any problems adapting to international football after the teenager was called up to an England Under-18 training camp.

The 17-year-old midfielder, who broke into the Pools first team during the summer, will spend two days next week at the training camp to be held at St George’s Park.

Walker impressed Pools’ management duo of Cooper and Craig Hignett during the club’s pre-season trip to Holland and made his senior debut when he was selected to start in the opening League Two game at Rochdale.

His gaffer said Walker has the “technical, tactical, physical and mental capabilities” to adapt to playing at the top level.

The gifted midfielder, who wears shirt number 38, will spend Monday and Tuesday next week training with the Under-18s development training camp at The FA’s National Football Centre, in Burton, before returning to Pools on the Wednesday.

The imposing midfielder finished top scorer for the youth team last season and has so far made 11 first team appearances this campaign.

A delighted Cooper said: “I think it’s a massive shot in the arm for what we’re trying to do as a club.

“Brad is a player who Craig highlighted very early on that could produce for us at first team level but for him to come in to senior football at just 17 and look comfortable is fantastic.

“He had a little setback with the injury but he’s come back well from that and to get recognition of this nature is nothing more than he deserves.

“He’s a young footballer who now has the opportunity to go and show that although he’s playing in League Two now, his potential is go much higher.

“I’ve no doubts he will pitch-up at St George’s and hold his own, there’ll be no problem there.

“He has the technical, tactical, physical and mental capabilities so I don’t think he’ll have any issues adapting to playing international football so we wish him well,” Cooper told the club’s website.

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