The Man City starlet you may not know is on international duty who could face Busquets and Spain

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Wales take on Spain in Cardiff tonight and Manchester City fans could get a glimpse of the future if one of their talented youngsters makes it onto the field at the Millennium Stadium.

That’s because Matthew Smith, one of City’s academy midfielders, is in Ryan Giggs’ squad for the visit of the 2010 World Cup winners.

The 18-year-old holding midfielder, currently on loan at Dutch side FC Twente from City, has two Wales caps to his name having made his debut for his country in the draw with Mexico in May.

Giggs sounded pleased with the teenager’s contribution in that match, saying afterwards: “I’ve learned that we’ve got quality in depth, we’ve got young players who, if they’re given a chance, they’ll take it. That’s what I want. I want competitiveness between the squad, where we’re not just picking 11 or 12 players. We want a big pool of players to choose from.”

Matt Smith prior to making his debut for Wales against Mexico in May

Smith has been a regular for Twente since joining the Dutch second-tier club on a season-long loan in July.

Iam Mitchelmore, a sports writer for Wales Online, has watched Smith closely and has spoken to MEN Sport about the youngster’s chances of cementing a regular place in Giggs’ team.

“The youngster has been highly thought of by the top brass at the FAW (Welsh FA) for some time now,” Mitchelmore said. “He faces some stiff competition in the centre of midfield with the likes of Joe Allen and Andy King ahead of him in the pecking order.


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“But King is struggling for game time at club level while another Euro 2016 star, Joe Ledley – who isn’t in the current Wales squad due to injury – is in the twilight years of his career.

“As we’ve already seen, Ryan Giggs isn’t afraid to give youth a chance if he feels they’re up to it. And the 18-year-old will certainly benefit from training with the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale, even if he isn’t turning out for the national side.

“So we could see a lot more of Smith in the red of Wales over the next year or so if he can continue his progression.”

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