Wales manager Ryan Giggs has named Bangor born Nathan Broadhead in his 26-player squad for a training camp in Portugal ahead of next month’s Euro 2020 qualifying round matches against Croatia and Hungary.
Giggs has selected a strong squad for the camp including Gareth Bale, Joe Allen, David Brooks and Dan James. Ben Davies and Ben Woodburn will be unavailable due to Tottenham Hotspur’s and Liverpool’s involvement in this year’s UEFA Champions League final while Harry Wilson, Tom Lawrence and Neil Taylor will be taking part in the EFL Championship play-off final. Other notable absentees include Aaron Ramsey and Ethan Ampadu through injury.
The training camp will be taking place in the Algarve region between 22-28 of May. The side last visited Portugal for a training camp in 2017. Giggs will then be announcing his squad for the Croatia and Hungary matches on Wednesday 29 May at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Cardiff.
Broadhead has made several appearances for Wales at various age levels from U17 through to the U21s over the last few years, while continuing to impress at Everton.
He was recently named as the Everton U23 Player of the Season. After another successful campaign the young Blues side won the Premier League 2 title and the Premier Cup with a 1-0 against Newcastle.
The 20 year-old played for the Bangor City academy before joining Everton’s Academy at the age of 10. The skilful forward who possesses excellent balance and two good feet has made steady progress at the club.
Earlier this season U23 manager David Unsworth said that Nathan is ‘one of the best players’ he’s worked with and either a loan move away or even a first-team training berth is a real possibility for the young forward.
Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo “He’s terrific, it’s up to him what the next step is… maybe a loan, maybe training with the first-team – but that’s up to the manager – but he has certainly given himself a platform.
“He’s a top young player and one of the best players I’ve worked with at this level. I hope he goes on and has a wonderful career because his ability certainly deserves that.”