Owl Palmer called up

Sheffield Wednesday Photo-Call, 2010-11 Season...Pictured is......Liam Palmer
Sheffield Wednesday Photo-Call, 2010-11 Season...Pictured is......Liam Palmer

SHEFFIELD Wednesday youngster Liam Palmer has been recalled for international duty.

The 19-year-old from Gateford has been selected for the Scotland U21s training camp in preparation for the UEFA European Championship qualifiers.

Billy Stark’s men will face a tough draw against Norway, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Austria.

Mum Allison said he was looking to impress.

She added: “His family and friends are extremely proud of his achievements, including his call up to the U21s to represent Scotland.”

“It is a perfect example of how hard work, dedication and commitment can pay off.”

The attacking midfielder qualifies for Scotland through his grandmother’s side of the family.

And if Palmer were to progress to the senior squad, under Craig Levein, he would be only the fourth black player to ever pull on a Scotland shirt, following in the footsteps of Andrew Watson, Nigel Quashie and Chris Iwelumo.

At Sheffield Wednesday, Palmer was crowned Academy Player of the Year in 2010.

He made his first team debut in August, against Bury, in the second round of the Carling Cup.

The Owls won 1-0 and since then Liam has made five substitute appearances, including in Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Birmingham.

In January, he extended his contract with the club, which will keep him at Hillsborough until 2013.

And, as Sheffield Wednesday’s Ambassador for Race Equality, he led a recent event for the FA’s ‘One Game, One Community’ campaign, alongside Premiership stars Darren Bent, Kieron Dyer and David Ngog.

Allison said: “Liam knows how lucky he is to be doing a job everyday which he thoroughly enjoys.”

“As he was growing up we always told him that 99 per cent of lads don’t achieve their dream of becoming a professional footballer.”

“His response has always been, well I will work extra hard to be that one per cent and he has done just that.”

“His dad Terry always gives him one piece of advice: ‘keep doing what you’re doing and enjoy’.”