DECLAN John has been recalled to the Wales senior squad after a storming start to his Rangers career.
When the 22-year-old joined the Gers on loan from Cardiff City back in August he stated ambitions to get his international career back on track and he is heading in the right direction with today’s news.
The full-back, who signed permanently at Ibrox in December, last played for his country in October 2013 in a 1-0 win over Macedonia but is now in line to be handed his third cap by new Wales boss Ryan Giggs.
This is the Manchester United legend’s first squad in charge and could pit John against China in the semi-finals of the China Cup before setting up a final against either Uruguay or the Czech Republic.
John has now played 26 times for the Gers, scoring three times including a memorable double against Hamilton earlier this season.
Speaking before the squad was announced John voiced his hopes for making an international return.
He said: “I’m hoping to get a recall soon. I’ll just hope to keep playing well and hopefully the manager gives me a chance.
“I don’t know him but obviously I’ve seen him play and I supported United as a kid.
“Watching him play, I’d try to copy him in certain ways, try to get the ball like him and go past three or four players at a time. That was something I wanted to do.
“For a person who played until he was 40 and had the career he had at United is incredible. I was excited by the appointment. For Wales to have someone like him coming in is good for us.”