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Dom Smith On Wales' UEFA Under-19s Tournament

5 November 2014

Defender delighted after national call up

Defender Dom Smith says he can't wait to pull on the Wales shirt once again after being called-up for the Under-19s squad for their UEFA Tournament in Portugal.

Smith has been rewarded for his recent progression with selection for his national squad to face Portugal, Denmark and Albania in the tournament this month.

The starlet will join up the squad on November 9 before travelling to Portugal for three UEFA Under-19s qualifiers.

Wales face home nation Portugal on November 12, Denmark on November 14 and finally Albania on November 17 as they look to reach the tournament in Greece next summer.

And Smith can’t wait to pull on the Wales shirt again after captaining the Under-19s earlier this year.

“I captained the lads last time, hopefully I will again but I am always looking to improve and will continue to keep pushing myself to hopefully play for the Under-21s," said Smith.

“This is the sort experience that pushes you up and begins to ready you for first team football.

“Me and the lads train hard and work hard throughout the week and when it comes to game day we have to show it."

Smith has also had his loan spell at Conference North side Tamworth extended until the end of November, and it is an experience he is finding extremely beneficial.

“It is going really well (at Tamworth)," said Smith.

“I am getting some game time under my belt so I enjoying playing football at the moment and I can see myself improving.

“I could not ask for a better team to go to and I am enjoying it a lot, I could not ask for a better group of lads."

And the Shrewsbury-born defender is finding the presence Andy Morrell, thee former Town interim manager, useful to him settling in.

"(Morrell) is a great manager and he has come on a few times and boosted the lads," said Smith/

“I couldn’t ask for a better manager there and as a young lad it helps a lot to have familiar faces around you."

And Smith knows he will have to be patient but is going to work as hard as he can to break onto the first team scene at Town.

“I feel myself improving and obviously this loan deal at the moment its going to hopefully help me," he said.

“At the end of the day I want to show the gaffer I can play first team football.

“It is hard for a centre back to get a sniff around the first team but when your number does come up you have to be ready, and I will be."

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