Walker wins PFA young player award on good night for north London
22:37 GMT, 22 April 2012
The PFA Young Player of the Year award has been presented to Tottenham and England full-back Kyle Walker.
The 21-year-old Spurs defender beat the likes of Sergio Aguero and Danny Welbeck to win the trophy and it came as quite a surprise to the former Sheffield United man.
'I was a bit surprised because defenders don't normally get these awards and get the limelight as much as the centre-forwards,' he said.
Winner: Kyle Walker shows off his award
'If you look at the people I was in with then it is a great honour to get the award and hopefully there is more to come.
'It is always an honour to be selected by the people you play against and, like I say, hopefully I can get a few more of these and some medals with Tottenham along the way.'
Both Walker and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie players were also selected in the Premier League's Team of the Year. Van Persie was the only Arsenal player present whereas Walker was one of three Spurs men, with Scott Parker and Gareth Bale also included.
Impact: The young right-back has made a great impression this season
The PFA Merit award was presented to Preston defender Graham Alexander in recognition of his services to the game, dating back to his debut as a Scunthorpe player in 1991.
The Scotland international went on to play for Luton, Preston and Burnley before returning to Deepdale in 2011 and was humbled with the award of the trophy.
'To get recognition for what you have done in your career at any stage is great,' he said.
'I'm coming towards the end of my playing career and I'm privileged to be recognised by the people who I have played against for the last 20-odd years.'