Joe Adams has been called up by the Wales Under-21 squad for their UEFA Under-21 European Championship Qualifier against Belgium.
The match will take place in the Belgian suburb of Leuven at the King Power at Den Dreef Stadium in a 7pm kick-off on Friday, 9 October.
This will be Joe’s first call-up to the under-21 side, with the youngster a regular feature for the under-19s. Having impressed on international duty before, as well as showing progress in Neil MacFarlane’s Brentford B, the 19-year-old has caught the eye of the Welsh Under-21s’ Head Coach, Paul Bodin.
Joe has netted once so far this season with an impressive solo goal in late August when The Bees took on Swindon Town at The County Ground.
The Under-21 European Championships will be held in Hungary and Slovenia next year, and so far in qualifying, Wales sit fourth in their group having taken six points from five matches, with two wins and three defeats.
Wales actually beat Belgium in the first fixture between the two sides in Wrexham with Brennan Johnson getting the only goal of the game just three minutes into the match.
Following the Under-21 fixture, Joe will then return to the UK to join up with the Under-19 squad for their training camp which ends with a friendly fixture against England at St George’s Park on Tuesday, 13 October.
Discussing Joe’s first Under-21 call-up, Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane believes the youngster deserves his opportunity.
He said: “I think it’s a brilliant step for Joe. He’s been playing for the under-19s and been very influential with Wales and he’s had many good reports back from there and they really like him within the setup. To jump him up to the under-21s is a fantastic achievement and hopefully he can kick on from there at international level because he’s certainly doing that here.
“He’s evolved and really grown over the period that we’ve had him and he’s in such a good place, even after the lockdown due to the pandemic, he came back and we saw him score his goal at Swindon. He’s a real catalyst for the team at the moment and he thoroughly deserves this opportunity and I’m over the moon for him.
“To get international honours at any level is good but before that First Team step is fantastic. He’s just got to go and show what he’s been doing on a daily basis. For the B Team it’s brilliant to get that recognition, Nathan (Shepperd) has been unlucky with his injury, but he’ll come back and I’m sure he’ll be trying to get in and around the Welsh Under-21 side as well.”