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Bournemouth star Brooks: Page key to rejecting England for Wales

Bournemouth winger David Brooks has revealed how close he came to turning his back on Wales.

Brooks represented England U20s at the 2017 Toulon Tournament.

England went on to lift the trophy as Brooks was named player of the tournament after scoring in the final.

But Brooks was initially named in Wales' squad for the competition under then youth team chief Page before withdrawing to play for England.

“The whole start of it was a big mis-understanding," insisted Warrington-born Brooks,23, who came through the ranks at Sheffield United.

“I had arranged to go away with England and everything was already planned.

“Literally the day of the announcement, about an hour before I was getting announced for England, Wales announced theirs.

“I hadn't been contacted or never been called up before.

“I didn't know anything about it.

“I was none the wiser that Wales were even looking at me.

“Then I spoke to Rob Page on the phone and said I had already made commitments and promises that I would go away with England.

“I had to thank him for not turning his back on me then.

“Thankfully it wasn't a problem and I have never looked back since.

“I always wanted to play for Wales.

“After that tournament the opportunity came up to go away and experience what the Wales' camps were like.

“From the moment I stepped foot in a Wales camp, I didn't really want to go back.

“There was no doubt in my mind to take that path down the road into the first team.

“In my family there is only my dad who is English.

“I have spent quite a bit of time in the north of Wales at Llangollen with my nana, grandad , aunties and uncles.

“I really enjoyed growing up with the Welsh heritage and the experiences I had there.

“It was a no-brainer when they came calling again that I did end up choosing Wales."


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