Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Wales hand teenager Ben Woodburn a senior call-up for Ireland game

Wales hand teenager Ben Woodburn a senior call-up for Ireland game

Wales, with Woodburn in the lineup, will take on Ireland next Friday in a World Cup Qualifier, which could mean nothing more than a bench appearance for the youngster and a chance for Coleman to watch him first-hand in training. "If I thought it was too early for him I wouldn't have called him up".

Coleman added that he would allow Dummett the rest because they have Tottenham's Ben Davies and Aston Villa's Neil Taylor, who are able to play left back.

"There won't be any knee-jerk reactions to cap him". I am thinking about what is the best squad to get together to meet this next challenge. If he is playing for Liverpool in the Premier League, or on the periphery of the squad, it means he is training every day with worldwide players.

"But it won't be because of anybody else". He has been since a boy, and he has a future with us.

He subsequently started three FA Cup games for the club and has made a total of seven appearances to date, but despite having come up through the ranks with Wales, he still qualifies for England, who have shown interest in the teenager, prompting some pressure on Coleman to cap him competitively and so put his global future beyond doubt. "They aren't our players, they are contracted to their clubs and can make their own decisions".

"Ben has been playing for Wales since he was a young boy".

"Of course I will speak to parents, saying "This is the pathway, this is what's expected, this is what we provide". It wasn't us getting excited about Ben, it was other people".

Forward Bale, 27, has featured in five games for Real after recovering from ankle injury which kept him out of action for three months. He is a Welsh global as far as I'm concerned so it is that natural progression.

"But it probably suits me if he doesn't play (against Athletic Bilbao) on Saturday".

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