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Wales Debut For Bodin

26 March 2018

North End forward Billy Bodin made his senior Wales debut in the China Cup final defeat to Uruguay.

Bodin was called up to the senior squad for the first time this month, and after being an unused substitute in the win over China on Thursday, the forward came on to make his Wales bow as a 67th minute susbstitute, replacing Burnley's Sam Vokes.

Wales were trailing 1-0 when Bodin was introduced, after Edinson Cavani has put Uruguay ahead in the first half, with that goal proving decisive in Ryan Giggs' first defeat as Wales boss.

Bodin has followed his father's footsteps with his dad Paul representing Wales 23 times during his playing career and the PNE winger explained it was a proud moment for him and his family. 

Speaking to FA Wales post-match, the 26-year-old said: "It's obviously a massive achievement for me and my family, it's great to get some minutes and it's just a shame we didn't get the result in the end really but it's a great achievement.

"My dad will be happy, he's always wanted me to make my debut so he will be pleased back home with the rest of my family."

Bodin was up against the likes of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez in the China Cup final and he admitted it was an experience he won't forget in a hurry. 

"The staff played it down a little bit but they are obviously great players, they are some of the best players in the world so to make my debut against players like that is great for me and is something that I will learn from and remember for the rest of my career."

Goalkeeper Chris Maxwell was an unused substitute in both games and with the players returning from China on Tuesday, the 'keeper will be made to wait to get his first cap for the senior side.

The duo will return to Springfields later this week as the squad prepare to take on Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Good Friday before a East Monday clash with Derby County at Deepdale.

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