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Dyer: Wales Experience My Best Moment

14 April 2021

First-year scholar Rio Dyer has expressed his delight to represent his country after making his Wales Under-18s debut last month.

The winger came on as a substitute in the 84th minute for Leicester City striker Christopher Popov, as Wales suffered a 2-0 defeat against England Under-18s at the Leckwith International Stadium.

“It was a great experience to represent my country for the first time and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Dyer.

“To be playing up against some of the players that were on the pitch at the time I think just shows the level that I want to get to.

“I wasn’t in the squad initially and then someone dropped out and then I was called up. I was really excited and nervous, but it’s one of the best three days away I’ve ever had in my life.

“Everyone was really welcoming and the coaches were very helpful giving me tactical information on how to improve.”

Despite the 2-0 defeat, Dyer admitted the experience of playing against a star-studded England Under-18s side was beneficial and that he now aims to earn more caps for his country.

“They’re the games you want to play in as a footballer,” added Dyer.

“England have got some of the best young talent in the world and to be able to share the pitch with them is only a step forward and something that I want to be doing more of.

“The defeat was such a learning curve and I hope I can get called up again and  get more chances to play for my county.”


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