Highly-rated Leeds United youngster given glowing review by international boss

Charlie Crew will be aiming to enhance his burgeoning reputation when Wales go head-to-head with Slovakia tomorrow. The Leeds United youngster made his international debut for the Dragons in Thursday's goalless draw against Gibraltar.

Highly-rated midfielder Crew was thrown on as late substitute as Wales produced a lacklustre performance against the minnows. Crew was one of five debutants. Fin Stevens, Jay Dasilva, Lewis Koumas and Tom King were also given game time in the Gibraltar freindly.

Liverpool teenager Koumas, who met the club’s record goalscorer and former Wales striker Ian Rush at their Portuguese training camp this week, went close to getting on the scoresheet after being introduced in the closing stages of the contest. “The keeper’s made a great save from his left-footed shot and his work-rate off the ball was phenomenal,” said Wales boss Rob Page. “So he’s done his chances no harm whatsoever.

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“Both Lewis and Charlie have really impressed and I can see why they’re being spoken about in such a high manner at club level.

“Fin Stevens and Matty Baker have also stepped up. The new lads that we’ve brought in have adapted really easily.”

United star Ethan Ampadu will return to captain Wales for the first time while Danny Ward, Chris Mepham and Jordan James will also play after sitting out the Gibraltar game. There should also be starts for Brennan Johnson, Daniel James and Kieffer Moore.

Page, who had to withstand boos and calls for him to quit from some Wales fans after Gibraltar result, said: “We were disappointed with the Gibraltar game but we must move forward.

“We’ll put it right and go again on Sunday. It’s another friendly and it is what it is from a selection point of view.

“The lads are on the back of three weeks off, so it was unrealistic to start with our strongest team for the two games.

“That’s the reason we picked that team to play Gibraltar because we want to expose some of the younger players to international football.”