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WES | IT'S BEEN A LIFELONG DREAM TO REPRESENT WALES

2 June 2022

"The whole experience was a massive learning curve and it’s one that will live with me forever"

Wes Burns has ticked off a ‘lifelong dream’ by making his senior international debut for Wales on Wednesday night against Poland.

The Blues winger was given the nod by Welsh boss Robert Page for a UEFA Nations League test in Wrocław, and admitted he ‘wasn’t expecting it to come as soon as it did’.

“Just being a part of it, the whole experience was a massive learning curve and it’s one that will live with me forever,” the Blues winger told the Club website.

“It’s been a lifelong dream to represent my country. I wasn’t expecting it to come as soon as it did. I thought I might have been given an opportunity off the bench towards the end of this international campaign this month.

“I’ve had a few chats with the gaffer [Page] he’s been assuring me that I’ve been working hard in training and that I deserved my spot in the team.”

The 27-year-old played 62 minutes against Poland and discussed the challenges that came whilst facing Czeslaw Michniewicz’s side.

“It’s always good to test yourself against the best,” he added.

"Poland are a very strong international team with world-class players at their disposal. I really enjoyed testing myself against them.

“You can see how quickly they can punish you on the counter if you put a foot wrong, and it was definitely an experience I’ll learn from.”

Next up for Wales is a FIFA World Cup play-off against Ukraine on Sunday with a place in Qatar later this year up for grabs. Wes insists the Wales squad can rely on him if he was to be called upon.

“Full focus is now on Sunday’s game against Ukraine,” he continued.

“We’ll prepare as normal. For me, it’s just a case of keeping my head down, working hard and showing the boss that he can rely on me and trust me if selected.”

Sunday’s match will be available to watch on Sky Sports Football/Main Event (kick-off 5pm BST).

Photo credit: FA Wales


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