Which Sheffield Wednesday star is Stuart Gray tipping to receive international call-up?

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After Stevie May earned his first call-up to the Scotland national team, Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray thinks Liam Palmer could follow suit.

Sheffield Wednesday have enjoyed a promising start to the new season under Stuart Gray, claiming 17 points from the opening 11 games of the Championship campaign, which leaves them just two points off the top six - a target which few Owls fans would have set before the start of the season.

Saturday's 1-1 draw away at Yorkshire rivals Leeds United means that Wednesday have lost just twice so far this season, and that strong start means that some players are being rewarded with international recognition.

Goalkeeper Kieren Westwood has been called up by the Republic of Ireland, whilst striker Stevie May, who joined the club for £800,000 this summer from St. Johnstone, has earned his first call-up to the Scotland squad after an impressive start to life at Hillsborough.

May's call-up was richly deserved, but now Owls manager Gray says that he should be joined by one of his team mates. Right back Liam Palmer, who has also played in a host of other positions, has 12 caps at youth level for Scotland despite being born in Worksop, and Gray has backed Palmer for senior international honours.

"Liam has played for the Scotland Under-21s so I think he is trying to get into the Scotland squad. He’s very versatile and can wear several hats. Hopefully Gordon Strachan might have seen Liam at right back and in midfield and see what he can give."

"He just plays with enthusiasm and is totally committed no matter where I ask him to play. Liam now needs to know what that feeling is of scoring a goal. He’s created several goals for us and now I want to see his goal celebration!"

Palmer, 23, has yet to score for Wednesday despite playing almost 100 games for the club, but he's been a key part of the defence this season, which is the joint-best in the division, conceding just eight goals so far this term.

 

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