Bristol starlet Wes Burns eyes first Wales cap
Bristol City striker Wes Burns is setting his sights on a Wales Under-21 cap next month.
Yet to break into his country's Under-21 set-up, the 18-year-old's recent performances have caught the attention of national coach Geraint Williams.
Due to name his squad for the friendly international against Iceland at Stebonheath Park in Llanelli on February 6 at the end of this month, the Wales Under-21 boss is seriously considering handing in-form Burns a debut.
Williams was at Ashton Gate last weekend to see Burns make his Championship debut against Leicester. Although City lost 4-0, Burns was introduced at the start of the second period and turned in an eye-catching performance.
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A product of City's Academy and Under-21 teams, Burns told The Post: "My short-term ambitions are to get more minutes on the field for Bristol City and to play for Wales.
"Getting on against Leicester is definitely going to boost my profile and, hopefully, that will help me earn a Welsh cap.
"Being at a club where they are not afraid to give youngsters a chance is important to me. It gives you confidence and makes you feel good about yourself."
Burns' lack of recognition at international level has puzzled many on the other side of the Severn Crossing. But that could all change following a visit from Williams earlier this month.
The Wales Under-21 boss took the trouble to travel to City's Failand training headquarters to watch Burns play in a friendly fixture against Forest Green Rovers, in which he scored.
He revealed: "I spoke to Geraint after the game last week and he asked me how things were going. I was honest with him and told him my football is going well at the moment.
"We spoke about the fixtures that are coming up and the game at home to Iceland in February. He gave me a lot of encouragement.
"I was born not far from Cardiff and playing for my country would mean everything for me.