Bangor born Nathan Broadhead is in the Wales Under-21 squad for the European Championship Qualifiers against Liechtenstein (Friday, 7 September – KO 6:00pm) and Portugal (Tuesday, 11 September – KO 6:00pm) which will be played at Bangor City’s Stadium.
Wales lost 2-0 to an impressive Portugal side at the start of the qualifying campaign, but bounced back to beat Liechtenstein 3-1 last October. Wales are currently 4th in the group table, which also includes Romania and Switzerland, with four games remaining.
Wales U21 boss Rob Page is without a number of players after Tyler Roberts and Matt Smith were both called up to the senior squad for the Nations League games against the Republic of Ireland and Denmark. Ben Woodburn, David Brooks and Ethan Ampadu are also still eligible to play for the U21s but are included in Ryan Giggs’ squad.
Rob Page said: “My aim is to help the first team improve, it’s a good part of the job when you see the young players go through and play in the first team.
“They’re a great group of players. In the main they’ve come through all the ages together, which is unusual.
“You normally get one or two gems that come through but there seems to be a good batch with this group.
“What’s pleasing for me is seeing how they’re developing and seeing them go through to the first team and knowing there’s a pathway there.”
Nathan Broadhaed joined Everton’s Academy at the age of 10, having previously played for Bangor City and Wrexham as a youngster.
He was top goal-scorer for Kevin Sheedy’s Under-18s side and helped a young Everton side win the Dallas Cup in 2015/16.
After breaking through to David Unsworth’s Under-23s side in the second half of the 2016/17 campaign, he was rewarded with a new three-year professional contract until June 2020.
Nathan made his first-team debut for Everton on 7 December 2017 when coming on as an 82nd-minute substitute in the Blues’ 3-0 Europa League group stage victory against Apollon Limassol in Cyprus.
Wales Under-21 Squad: Pilling, Evans, Coxe, Norrington-Davies, Poole, Harries, Rodon, Christie Davies, Lewis, Harris, Babos, Morrell, Thomas, Matondo, Cullen, Broadhead, James, Baker.
Tickets for the games can be purchased from Bangor City Stadium ticket office at £5 adults and £2 concessions.