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Ampadu Gets Wales Under-16 Call for Friendlies in France

11 September 2015

City youngster in Osian Roberts' squad for two-game visit

ACADEMY STARLET Ethan Ampadu has continued his impressive run of international call-ups with a selection for the latest Wales Under-16 squad.

Ethan will now be part of the Wales Under-16 Development Squad for away friendlies against France; the first of which against the young Bleus kicks off at 5pm on Thursday 24th September, with the second on Saturday 26th September at 11am.

Ampadu was also involved, alongside fellow Exeter City youngster Max Smallcombe, as Wales Under-17s played two matches against Greece in Bangor last week.

It has been a busy few weeks for Ethan, who was also a part of the England Under-16 squad for two games against the USA last month.

He started the first game against the Greeks at the Book People Stadium, with Geraint Williams’ young team going down to a 1-0 defeat. Max started the second game, and the young Dragons were successful this time around, winning thanks to a solitary goal scored by Swansea City’s Liam Rhys Edwards.

City Academy Manager Simon Hayward said: “It was good to see Wales sharing the minutes out around the squad, with Ethan starting the first game and Max starting the second. We’ve had a written report back from the FAW, which is sports-science-based, and covers how many minutes the players have played and how much ground they’ve covered, and we’ll also be looking for some technical feedback in the coming days.

“As per their previous call-ups, it’s great that we continue to have Academy lads recognised with international youth football, and I’m sure that they will benefit from the experience and be better for it.

“It’s a different environment for them, and it’s good for them to have that bit of variety. I’m absolutely certain that they both enjoyed their experiences, and that they’ll try and bring what they learned there back to what they do here at Exeter City. Now we’re glad to have them back at the Cliff Hill Training Ground, fit and ready to play for us again.”

Since the start of the season, Ethan has also represented England’s Under-16s for two games against the USA, so he is certainly building an impressive CV at international youth level.

Ethan will link up with the Wales squad in Newport in just over a week.

Good luck Ethan!

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