Manchester Citys Rabbi Matondo says his international future is with Wales after making his senior debut against in the 1-0 loss to Albania.
The Liverpool-born forward, who grew up in Cardiff, is still eligible for England and DR Congo but is committed to Wales.
Matondo, 18, came on as a second-half substitute and was one of the positives on a disappointing evening in Albania.
“This is what Ive been building up for all my life, when a youngster, when watching the likes of Gareth Bale now Im playing alongside him,
“It still seems crazy to me to be on the same pitch as him and training with him and being around people like Joe Allen, Aaron Ramsey – its just crazy for me.”
Matondo, who has represented Wales at Under-17 and Under-21 level, was called up by manager Giggs on Sunday evening after Chelseas Ethan Ampadu pulled out.
“I got a call from my agent saying Im going to get called up and I was shocked. I wasnt expecting it.
He has featured for Manchester Citys Under-21 side in the EFL Trophy and has ambitions to make the breakthrough at the Etihad Stadium.
“I wouldnt say Ive fully broken into the international level stage now, but Im getting a step closer and thats what Im working towards at club level as well.
“Its going to be hard. Its the life Ive chosen so Ive got to go for it and just keep working hard.
“Im sure it will help at club level as well because the whole worlds watching and theyll recognise that if I can do it at the international stage, then surely I can do it for club.
Two Manchester City youngsters made their international debuts on Tuesday night to prove that the Academy is beginning to make strides