Manchester United academy graduate Charlie Savage has been named in the Wales Under-21 squad for the first time.
The 19-year-old impressed alongside his good friend Zidane Iqbal in midfield during Manchester United’s first pre-season tour under Erik ten Hag.
Like Iqbal, Savage was handed his Red Devils debut by interim boss Ralf Rangnick in last season’s Champions League group stage game against Swiss side Young Boys at Old Trafford in December.
Savage came off the bench to replace Juan Mata in the dying seconds to make his first team bow much to the delight of his dad Robbie Savage.
Charlie Savage named in Wales Under-21 squad
The talented left-footed midfielder was not sent out on loan during the summer transfer window and he’s been pictured training with Ten Hag’s first team at Carrington throughout the campaign.
Savage was most recently involved in training ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash in Moldova against Sheriff Tiraspol, but unlike Iqbal, the Welshman didn’t form part of the 22-man travelling party.
United’s number 51 has made five appearances this season for Mark Dempsey’s Under-21s side at Premier League 2 level.
He scored United’s goal in the 5-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in our second league game of the season.
Having been capped five times at Under-19 level, Savage has received his maiden call-up to the Wales Under-21 side.
Savage will no doubt be targeting making his debut under new Cymru boss Matty Jones when the Under-21s face Austria later this month.
A late push for a place in Robert Page’s World Cup squad may be beyond him, but if United can win the next three Europa League games and grab a stranglehold of the group, Ten Hag may hand Savage his first senior start for the Reds.