Youngster handed Wales call after spot on Baggies bench
ALBION Academy prospect Tyler Roberts has completed a memorable 48 hours having today been included in a Wales senior squad training camp.
The 16-year-old forward will, from June 1, link up with the nation’s 23-man squad for a week-long training camp ahead of their crucial 2016 European Championship qualifying match against fellow Group B table-toppers Belgium in Cardiff on Friday, June 12.
Roberts’ international recognition comes just two days after he was named in Albion’s matchday 18 for the first time in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League fixture against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium, where he was an unused substitute.
In November, Roberts captained Wales to outright Victory Shield glory for the first time since 1948/49 – clinching a long-awaited triumph in the prestigious under-16 international tournament.
“It was unexpected to be called up for the training camp so soon. It came as a surprise,” said Roberts, who was born in Gloucester and has been with Albion since the age of seven.
“It’s a great honour, I was with my granddad when the news was announced and he is obviously very proud as he is who I get my Welsh heritage from.
“He is really happy and excited for me, it’s good to make him proud.
”The whole family is proud and that’s good for me because ultimately that’s what I want to be doing.”
Roberts will train alongside the likes of Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, and the teenager added: “It will be a great experience being around the full squad and around those kind of players, hopefully I’ll learn a lot from them."
Roberts was on the bench at the Emirates Stadium alongside fellow Baggies teenager - and another Academy prospect - Alex Palmer.
And the Albion Under-21 frontman thoroughly enjoyed wrapping up in style what has been a memorable personal campaign in 2014/15.
“It was an amazing experience on Sunday, being in and around the first team and to get on the bench,” he said.
“Everything seems to be going quite well at the moment and the hard work is paying off.
“It’s been my most successful season by far and I’ll remember it for the rest of my life.”
Huge congratulations Tyler and good luck!