Former England Under-20 international Jordan James has been called up to the Wales squad for Nations League games against Belgium and Poland.
In a double whammy for Wales boss Robert Page, Tottenham defender Ben Davies and Swansea midfielder Joe Allen have both withdrawn.
Davies suffered a hairline fracture to the bone below his knee during Spurs’ Champions League defeat by Sporting Lisbon last week.
Allen, meanwhile, developed a hamstring problem as Swansea defeated Championship opponents Hull on Saturday.
Born in Birmingham, Hereford midfielder James returned to Wales after coming on twice as a substitute for England Under-20s in March.
James, whose father is Welsh, made his U18 debut for Wales against England last year and four days ago was called up to the Wales U21 squad for a friendly against Austria later this month.
Wales U21 manager Matty Jones said: “A lot of players have dual nationality and will get a lot of attention from other nations. It will be a competition for us.
“Jordan was a little disheartened with his (England) experience for a number of reasons and we are delighted that he has returned to his brothers with open arms.”
18-year-old James wins his first call-up to the senior team. Wales meet Belgium in Brussels on Thursday before hosting Poland in Cardiff three days later.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/ben-davies-joe-allen-wales-england-swansea-b2170730.html Former England Under-20 international Jordan James has been called up to the Wales squad