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Dom delighted at Wales debut

3 May 2013

Youngster hoping for more International caps

Dominic Smith admits he loved every minute of his first experience of international football after making his Wales under-19 debut earlier this week.
The young Shrewsbury Town defender came off the bench for the final 15 minutes as Wales  beat Northern Ireland 3-0 in a friendly at the home of Airbus UK on Wednesday night. 
He now hopes to stay part of the squad having quickly got a taste for international football during an enjoyable four days as part of the under-19 squad.  
"It was one of the best experiences of my life," smiled local lad Smith, a former pupil at Shrewsbury's Belvidere School. "I really enjoyed it and it was a great experience.
"I knew my nan was Welsh but I didn't know Wales actually knew about me until they called me up. It was a very nice surprise.
"They looked after me well, we ate the right foods, so it was a really good experience."
Smith was warmly welcomed into the fold by Welsh under-19 team manager Geraint Williams and his assistant Dave Hughes, the former head of youth at the Greenhous Meadow.
"He was fantastic, he helped me a lot and he's a really good coach," said Smith, of Williams. "It was really nice to see Dave again. I thought he was a great coach when he was here and he still is."
Smith only turned 17 in February but has enjoyed a successful first season as a scholar with Shrewsbury.
He's held down a regular place in the back four for the reserves and was also called up to sit on the bench for the first team twice in League One.

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