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Apr 18, 2013   |  7:14PM AET

Walker ‘shocked’ at Young Socceroos selection

Walker ‘shocked’ at Young Socceroos selection

Melbourne Heart’s full-back Jeremy Walker admits it was a ”great shock” when he found out he was selected in Paul Okon’s 24-man squad for a Qantas Young Socceroos camp between 21-25 April.

Melbourne Heart’s full-back Jeremy Walker admits it was a ”great shock” when he found out he was selected in Paul Okon’s 24-man squad for the Qantas Young Socceroos camp this week.

Walker experienced a break-through season with the Red and White, which saw the Tasmanian step up from the Club’s National Youth League side and earn a senior contract after 13 matches in the Hyundai A-League.

Walker’s latest reward for his efforts and endeavour is a place in Okon’s preliminary selection phase for the upcoming FIFA under-20 World Cup Turkey 2013.

“It was a great shock when I heard the news,” Walker said.

“It-s my first involvement as well so I was happy about that and, hopefully, I can go there and train hard and do well and get to the next camp after that.

“I think things have progressed well and I am happy with the way things have gone.

“At the start of the season, I didn-t expect to be playing regularly, but I-ve ended up with 12-13 games and now this comes along, so it keeps on getting more positive.

“It-s a dream come true, I didn-t think it would happen.

“I-ve missed out on a lot of camps previously, under-17s and under-19s, but I-ve put in a lot of hard work and hopefully I get another couple more [call-ups].”

Fellow Heart youngsters Benjamin Garuccio and David Vrankovic were also called up into the 24-player squad.

Garuccio said Walker had deserved his call-up and it was positive to see three Heart players in the squad

“It’s good to see Jeremy Walker who hasn’t been involved before getting the call-up; he 100 per cent deserves it,” Garuccio said.

But the trio should expect a tough camp with quality players selected from across A-League clubs.

“Each time it gets tougher and tougher because other boys get their chance and young boys playing for the national team – most of the time they do take [the opportunity],” Garuccio said.

“There are a lot of boys playing regular A-League so it’s going to be very, very tough.”

There were plenty of messages on social media praising the trio’s selection: