City full-back hopes to claim second senior cap in Amsterdam
Cardiff City’s Young Player of the Year Declan John is looking to claim a second senior cap for Wales as Chris Coleman’s side travel to face the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old Academy product is looking to complete a breakthrough season having made 20 Barclays Premier League appearances for the Bluebirds last season, claiming a first senior cap for Wales against Macedonia in October.
Now a part of Chris Coleman’s squad once again for Wales’ friendly against Louis Van Gaal’s talented Dutch squad, John told FAWales TV: “It’s a friendly, so hopefully I can get my chance and kick-on. It’s a chance for us to get together a gel as a group - hopefully we can kick-on for the next campaign, everyone’s aim is to qualify for the next tournament.
“Obviously we’ll be coming up against some top players in Amsterdam, but every International game, you know you’re going to be coming up against World Class players.”
Late withdrawals from the squad by star players Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey have opened the door for a number of youngsters at the Amsterdam Arena, with six players in the squad yet to pick up their first International cap.
Hull City’s James Chester is in the squad for the first time after declaring himself available for selection, while Newcastle United’s Paul Dummett, Manchester United’s Tom Lawrence and Fulham’s George Williams will all hope to make their mark on the International stage.
It’s an opportunity recognised by Dec, who said: “There’s obviously some big players missing, people like Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale and Gareth Davies - all big players for Wales.The younger boys coming in have got a lot to prove I suppose.
“It is however a great opportunity to play a part in Wednesday’s game. You never know, perhaps we can give the manager something to think about and give a good first impression.”