Wales' Coleman: Brooks call-up will cause 'one or two ripples'

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Jason Cairnduff / Reuters

Wales desperately needs results in its next two 2018 World Cup qualifiers, and Chris Coleman is relying on the services of a footballer who was born in England.

On Thursday, Sheffield United's David Brooks was called up to Wales' squad for the Dragons' 2018 World Cup qualifiers in October. The midfielder was born in Warrington, but, with dual nationality and a mother from Wrexham, is eligible to play for the national team.

Asked if Brooks would return to Wales after the Toulon Tournament, where the youngster represented England's under-20 team, Coleman said, according to the Guardian's Stuart James: "You can never tell. We were hopeful. I think the connection has always been there. He's obviously shown great promise for some years. Luckily for us, he's chosen Wales. I'm sure that will cause one or two ripples on the other side of the Bridge. It caused a bit of a stir with Ben Woodburn, albeit Ben had been with us for some years.

"We're not the only country that have one or two players with dual nationality. But I think it's a feather in the cap of our system and our structure that these players are coming to us. Brooksy is another, he's in our framework and he's earned his chance to come and join the first time."

Wales will invade Georgia's Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena on Oct. 6 with 2,000 supporters, and will then finish its adventure in Group D by hosting the Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium on Oct. 9. If the Dragons win the two games, they'll finish no lower than second. Eight of the nine runner-ups will advance to the second round, where they'll be drawn into four play-offs.

Woodburn, who is 17 years old and was eligible to play for England, scored on his international debut to lift Wales to a 1-0 victory over Austria. The teenager took the pitch as a second-half substitute and required five minutes to become the country's second-youngest scorer in history.

Brooks is yet to tally a goal in the Championship this season.