by Tom Pritchard
WALES U21 manager Rob Page today named his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Wales will be looking to put in a better showing this time around, having lost out 4-0 in Bangor when they faced Bosnia back in November.
David Brooks returns to the squad, having been in good form for Sheffield United this season, and featured for the senior side against Panama in November.
Page is delighted to have the 20-year-old back: “I lost him to the first team, and if I’m honest I didn’t think I’d see him again.
“It makes sense for him to come back with me to the 21’s for this game, purely because of the travelling that’s going to be involved with the first team.
“I spoke to him, and he’s really keen to come and play, which is great.”
Liverpool winger Harry Wilson, who is on loan at Hull City, has been called up to the senior squad.
Page understands why the youngster has been given the chance to impress at the China Cup later this month:
“I had him for the Bosnia and Romania games, and I was very impressed with him. I can see why he’s well thought of at his club and why he’s got the opportunity now to go with the first team.”
Looking ahead to the rest of the campaign, Page made clear that the plan is still to finish in the top two “until it’s mathematically impossible”.
“We know we’ve given ourselves a bit of a mountain to climb after only taking one point from the first two home games.
“But because of the start we had, with the six points from the first three away games, it’s given us an opportunity to come into the new year and still be in the competition.”