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BRADSHAW ‘OVER THE MOON’ WITH WALES CALL-UP

18 March 2016

Striker called up for upcoming friendlies...

Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw was “over the moon” after being called up to Wales' senior squad for the second time.

The 23-year-old will link-up with the Dragons for their international friendlies against Northern Ireland and Ukraine on 24th and 28th March respectively.

Bradshaw, who is the Saddlers' 17-goal top scorer this season, has represented Wales U19s and U21s but has yet to be capped at senior level.

He received his first senior call-up back in November and impressed manager Chris Coleman despite being an unused substitute in their friendly with Holland.

And with the European Championship finals in France just around the corner, Bradshaw is eager to make the most of his second opportunity.

“I was over the moon when I found out,” said Bradshaw.

“I wasn’t expecting it this time as they’ve got a mainly fully fit squad. Last time when I was called up there were a few injuries.
“I was still buzzing but to be called up now with the euros just around the corner, and to have another opportunity to impress Chris Coleman, is something I’m delighted about.

Absolutely buzzing to be in the squad again!! #togetherstronger ⚽️🙏🏼🔥 https://t.co/a0kjZsiqYD

— Tom Bradshaw (@tombradshaw92) March 18, 2016

“Our match against Northern Ireland will probably be a fiery game, even though it’s a friendly, as all home nations games are always fiery.

“Just to be involved in that and the whole atmosphere going into the euros is something I can’t wait for. I can’t wait to get there!”

Walsall’s interim head coach Jon Whitney was full of praise for the Shrewsbury-born striker.

“I’m made up for Tom,” he commented.  “I know it’ll mean so much to him and to his family.

“Hard work pays off. He’s been so consistent in his performances and he’s always going to put a shift in.

“His goal the other night probably made them think they can’t leave him out of the squad, which gives him a chance for the euros.

“It’s fantastic for Tom and fantastic for the club.”

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