WALES confidently won the race to win against England for 15-year-old schoolboy Freddie Issaka.
The Plymouth striker, who became the club’s youngest player earlier this season, has played for both countries at Under-16 level.
But Issaka was called for five days Wales This week’s 17-year-olds boot camp as the Dragons prepare for the senior round of the Euro Championship, which will take place in Slovenia next month.
Issaka was believed to have been born in Truro, not turning 16 until July, qualifying for Wales through his grandparents as well as England and Ghana.
Issaka made his Plymouth debut – aged 15 years and 34 days – as a substitute in the EFL Trophy loss to Newport on 31 August.
The striker agreed to sign a professional contract with the League One club when he turned 17.
Wales has a long track record of identifying and nurturing dual citizenship talent.
Names like British-born Dan James, Ethan Ampadu, David Brooks, Chris Mepham, Ben Woodburn and Brennan Johnson all came through the system.
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Issaka has made two appearances for Plymouth this season as he has played in the EFL Trophy and FA Youth Cup.
The youngster spent 21 minutes at Newport but could not help his team avoid a 0-2 loss.
He was benched in two other matches of the tournament against Arsenal U23s and Swindon.
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