Dylan Levitt says he is celebrating a ‘dream come true’ after making his first Euro 2020 appearance.
The Manchester United youngster came off the bench for Wales against Italy on Sunday night to help his country qualify for the knockout rounds.
While Wales lost the game 1-0, the narrow nature of the defeat allowed the Dragons to secure second place in the group.
Levitt played the final five minutes of the game in Rome and last night he sent out a message reflecting on his achievement.
Levitt had not even made his Manchester United under-18s debut when Wales reached the semi-finals at Euro 2016.
Now he is part of the international squad which has reached the knockout stages five years on.
Levitt just about made it. A loan at Charlton Athletic worked out poorly before he made a late season switch to Croatian side NK Istra.
It was a left-field move designed to get him playing first team football and it worked. Levitt secured his place in the Wales squad, and he is in manager Rob Page’s plans.
Levitt started one of Wales’ warm-up games and now he has made it on in the tournament proper.
There is a chance he could feature in the knockout rounds too, but even if he doesn’t, he has achieved his goal, which he set out towards at the start of the season.
Levitt was seen shaking hands with Italy star Marco Verratti at full time. Just sharing the pitch with players of his calibre is great experience.
The next step upon Levitt’s return is tricky. Breaking into United’s midfield is very tough and another loan move is essential. This time he really has to make it work, and there will be careful consideration over his choice of club.
For now, Levitt has a job to finish for Wales. A breakout performance at the tournament could increase the list of interested clubs for his services next season. That’s if his mere presence at the Euros has not alerted a few interested parties already.
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