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INTERNATIONAL WATCH | Smith shines in Wales friendly

30 March 2021

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Matt Smith earned his 13th senior cap for Wales on Saturday evening as he helped his country to an impressive 1-0 win over world’s ninth ranked side, Mexico.

The 21-year-old believes that playing to the best of his ability for Rovers every game is the best way to secure his place in the squad for the summer's European tournament.

“It’s always an honour to play for Wales,” Smith said before joining up with the camp. 

“I spoke to the Wales gaffer in the summer when I wasn’t playing and he said it’s really important that I get games and that’s what I’m doing at Doncaster. 

“There’s a good opportunity for me to be in the squad in the summer but I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep working - we’ll see what happens.” 

Kieffer Moore scored the only goal of the game on Saturday, but Smith was named man of the match by a number of pundits for his combative style and passing range with caretaker boss Rob Page praising him too. 

“Our young players need to be out playing competitive football, that’s the message we give them, and Matt’s a great example of that,” Page said. 

“I’ve seen him three times in the last month and he’s given performances like that week in, week out.” 

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