Senior call-ups another proud moment for Matty Jones

Head coach Matty Jones said it was another proud moment when he learned two of his Cymru U21 players would be receiving senior team call-ups for the first time.

Defender Owen Beck and midfielder Charlie Savage were the latest duo to be announced in Rob Page’s senior squad for the October international window.

Savage, Beck and Luke Harris will be with the seniors for their friendly against Gibraltar in Wrexham on Wednesday before linking up with Jones’ squad for their UEFA U21 European Championship qualifier in Ceske Budejovice.

“I see this as the journey continuing,” said Jones in his squad announcement press conference on Thursday.

“From the moment I took the role I’ve seen it as an opportunity to create a transition for players and a better alignment between the senior team and our own group.

“Right from the beginning there has been a really positive vibe around the group. We have some wonderful talent and every camp we have built on that. 

“There’s no better feeling than when Rob [Page] phones me and speaks about the players he is thinking about making that transition into the group.

“It’s about being brave and giving players an opportunity and luckily we have three within this window and potentially more through injuries.

“It’s everything we work for and our thoughts are always about carving opportunities for young players to make it to our senior team. I can’t be anymore proud.”

Cymru sit top of Group I on four points after following up their 2-2 draw away to top seeds Denmark with a 3-2 victory over Lithuania last month.

The game against Czechia, who have qualified for four out of the last five finals tournaments, will be Cymru’s third straight away fixture of the qualifying campaign.

“We have clear camp objectives every time we come in and we challenge the players in terms of what they want to achieve when they’re on camp,” he added.

“We’re in a really good place when it comes to team belief but what I’ve constantly spoken about is a winning mentality. 

“The satisfaction we would take is getting a positive result away from home and that would be three in a row. 

“It’s always difficult travelling away and I think we’re getting a lot better at our strategies in terms of planning, recovery and logistics. 

“I can’t praise everyone involved in the association enough because it’s given us the best elite environment to be able to complete against these nations.”

Goalkeeper Evan Watts, midfielder Jadan Raymond and striker Tom Hill all return to Jones’ squad for the trip to Czechia and are the three changes from the September international window.

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