JAY DASILVA has been called up to the Wales squad for the first time despite playing for England throughout his youth career.
The former Chelsea defender, 25, has played for the Three Lions at every level between U16 and U21 and even captained the U19s to the European Championship title in 2017.
But the Coventry full-back, who operates as a left-back or left wing-back, has been included in Robert Page’s squad for Euro 2024 qualifiers against Armenia on Saturday and Turkey on November 21.
Luton-born DaSilva qualifies for Wales through his grandmother, who was born in Pontypridd.
Wales, who need two wins to qualify for the finals in Germany next summer, wrote on their official Turkey included.”
Wales have been looking to bolster their full-back options after Ipswich’s Wes Burns suffered a shoulder injury against Gibraltar last month.
Burns returned as a substitute for the Tractor Boys in their 3-2 Championship win over Swansea on Saturday but is not considered ready for Wales action.
DaSilva, whose brother Cole represented Wales at 21 but is no longer a professional, was captain when England won the European Under-19 Championship against Portugal in Georgia six years ago.
Premier League stars Reece James, Mason Mount and Aaron Ramsdale were also in the squad.
DaSilva was part of the Three Lions under-21 squad that won the prestigious Toulon Tournament the following year.
He also made history by winning the FA Youth Cup three times with Chelsea.
After leaving the Blues he played for Charlton and Bristol City.
However, he was released by the Robins in the summer and was unemployed until he moved to the Sky Blues.