Our young goalie Danny Ward has said he is working towards “something special” with both club and country.
Wales boss Chris Coleman had promised that Ward would play some part in his side’s two friendly games this week, and he proved true to his word as he came on as a half-time substitute for Wayne Hennessey during their game with Northern Ireland on Thursday night (via BBC).
Sadly, he couldn’t keep a clean sheet as a smart 60th minute Craig Cathcart finish broke the deadlock, though Wales eventually grabbed a late draw thanks to a Simon Church penalty.
It was a vastly understrength Wales side, with many of their big hitters ruled out through injury.
Ward has two more friendlies to stake his claim for a spot at the Euros, as Wales travel to Ukraine on Monday before facing Sweden in early June.
The youngster has said he hopes his debut can be a catalyst for his career (via official site)
“I am working towards something special with Wales. There is a major tournament I want to be involved in at the end of the season and if I get my chance I have to make the most of it.
“My ambition on the club front is to be Liverpool’s No.1 and I will keep trying to do that as long as they want me at the club.
“Hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later. Competition is healthy, I am at a great club and I want to make an impact.
“I feel I am nearer that No.1 spot now. [Playing] gives you the experience of pressure situations that you cannot get in training.”