Luke Harris gets chance to impress Wales ahead of World Cup

Fulham teenager Luke Harris has been handed a chance to stake his claim on a place in Wales’ World Cup party.

The 17-year-old attacking midfielder has been called up in Robert Page’s 28-man squad for next week’s Nations League games against Belgium and Poland.

Harris made his Fulham debut in the Carabao Cup last month and has been on the bench several times in the Premier League this season.

Page said: “He’s been in the system for a couple of years now. He’s a talent and an exciting prospect.

“He’s doing really well at his club and he’s scoring goals.

“When you have someone with that talent – even if they’re only 17 – I don’t care about their age.

“I’ve shown that in the past with Rabbi (Matondo), Joe Rodon and DJ (Dan James) and others I’ve worked with at the U21 level and in the younger age groups.”

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Wales manager Robert Page says he’s not afraid to give young players a chance for seniors (Mike Egerton/PA)

Jersey-born Harris scored 13 goals in 17 league games for Fulham U23s last season.

Last month he scored a hat-trick in Premier League 2 against a Chelsea side featuring Ben Chilwell, Ethan Ampadu and Trevoh Chalobah.

Page said: “When you have someone who is scoring goals – including regular hat-tricks – that makes him an exciting prospect and I can’t wait to engage with the other guys.

“He’s ready for it. I met him and his family. He has a great family network around him and he wouldn’t be where he is at club level if he wasn’t ready for it.

“I’ve spoken to coaches who have worked with him, but I’ve never coached him directly. As the leader of the intermediates, when he played in the younger age groups, I know all about him.

“For those two games I think it’s a great opportunity for him to come in and get a taste of experiencing it and for us to watch him.

Injured trio Aaron Ramsey, Harry Wilson and Adam Davies will all miss the final Nations League games in Wales, their final games before the start of the World Cup in November.

Fulham midfielder Wilson and Sheffield United goalkeeper Davies are both back in training outside after suffering pre-season knee injuries.

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Aaron Ramsey, right, was ruled out of action in Wales this month after picking up an injury while playing for Nice (Daniel Cole/AP).

Page is also confident Ramsey will soon return from a hamstring injury he picked up at new club Nice.

He said: “It’s not a serious injury, it’s a minor thigh tear. I’m glad it happened now because week in and week out he went from not playing to playing.

“Inevitably, it would catch up with him. So if he wanted to do it, now is the time to allow him to fully recover.

Tyler Roberts returns after missing the World Cup playoff final win over Ukraine and four Nations League games this summer through injury.

Squad: W Hennessey (Nottingham Forest), D Ward (Leicester), T King (Salford), C Gunter (AFC Wimbledon), B Davies (Tottenham), C Roberts (Burnley), C Mepham ( Bournemouth), J.Rodon (Rennes). , on loan from Tottenham), B Cabango (Swansea), N Williams (Nottingham Forest), R Norrington-Davies (Sheff Utd), E Ampadu (Spezia, on loan from Chelsea), W Burns (Ipswich), J .Allen (Swansea), J Morrell (Portsmouth), M Smith (MK Dons), D Levitt (Dundee United), J Williams (Swindon), S Thomas (Huddersfield), R Colwill (Cardiff), L Harris (Fulham), B Johnson (Nottingham Forest), D James (Fulham, on loan from Leeds), G Bale (Los Angeles FC), K Moore (Bournemouth), M Harris (Cardiff), R .Matondo (Rangers), T. Roberts (QPR, on loan from Leeds) .

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