Former Sheffield United midfielder David Brooks has insisted it was always his intention to play for Wales rather than England, despite representing the Three Lions as a youngster.
Speaking ahead of Thursday's game against the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff, which could pit him against his old team mate Enda Stevens, the youngster also revealed he feared travelling to the Toulon Tournament with Neil Dewsnip's under-20's squad last year would damage his hopes of a senior call-up.
"It was always in my mind to play for Wales, even when I got the England call up I’d already expressed my feelings to play for Wales, and thankfully it (playing for England) didn’t sway anyone and I’ve been lucky enough to come into the Wales set-up," Brooks said. "I’ve made my decision and it was quite easy for me. You can get all the advice in the world, but at the end of the day it’s up to you."
The UEFA Nations League meeting promises to be a pivotal moment in Brooks' career because, although he is still eligible for an England cap, facing the visitors would end his dual nationality status. Ben Woodburn, on loan at Bramall Lane from Liverpool, has joined Brooks in Ryan Giggs 25 strong party for the meetings with Ireland and Denmark.
"It was more for football reasons why I picked him and potentially pick him in the games," Giggs said, following Brooks' move to AFC Bournemouth earlier this summer. "That's what it's about."