Wales have named their international squad this months’ World Cup qualifiers and once again there are two Manchester United players involved.
Dan James is a key player in the set up, while midfielder Dylan Levitt was fortunate to get a call up.
Levitt featured for Wales in a friendly against USA last year and he has five senior caps to his name. But he has not had the season he wanted.
His loan spell at Charlton was cut short after failing to earn a place in the XI and then getting Covid, and the deal was terminated after just three League One appearances.
Levitt then failed to land a January loan move, and then had to make a last ditch move on loan to Croatian side NK Istra last month in order to keep his Euro 2021 hopes alive.
Desperate to make the Euros
The youngster told PA last month: “It was important that I got out and secured first-team football for the second half of the season.
“That’ll put me hopefully in good stead for the Euros coming up in the summer because at the start of the season I set my goal and I wanted to get to the Euros.
“It would mean so much for all of us – my family, obviously myself, my friends, people back home – for me to go.”
The late move may have worked, for now. Levitt has not had a very productive time in Croatia just yet.
The 20-year-old was an unused substitute for four consecutive games before finally making his debut at the weekend from the bench as NK Istra beat NK Lokomotiva 1-0.
Levitt needs to work his way into Istra’s first XI to really guarantee his spot for the Euros.
The youngster has likely benefitted from the Ryan Giggs factor, with the United legend first calling him up into the Wales set up.
Levitt should find it encouraging that he has made the latest squad, with Rob Page in charge while Giggs has temporarily stepped aside.
It will come as huge relief to Levitt to make the Wales squad for these latest games, considering he has not started a competitive game since last November for Charlton.
As Wales Online reports, this is an expansive 31-man squad. When the Euros come around, only 23 names can make the cut. Levitt will just be glad to get to this point, for now.
The United youngster has to make a good impression later this month and show Wales he can still be a useful asset.
Strong performances later in training for Wales and in the qualifiers if he gets game time, combined with a strong end to the season out in Croatia can seal his spot. But he cannot afford any room for error.
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