Iestyn Jones 'honoured' to represent Wales at Under-17s' Euros

19th May
Iestyn Jones Wales

Swansea City defender Iestyn Jones has described being selected for Wales' Uefa European Under-17 Championship squad as "a dream come true".

Wales' campaign in Cyprus begins on Monday when they face Denmark, and Jones is in line to feature after helping the young Dragons qualify.

Wales finished second in Group Two of the Elite Round to reach the finals, with Jones and Swans teammate Harlan Perry involved and heading to Cyprus, alongside Brogan Popham.

They have been drawn in Group B for this year’s tournament, and face three games in six days.

Wales kick off their tournament with that game against Denmark on Monday before facing Austria three days later. Their final group-stage fixture comes against Croatia on Sunday, May 26.

"It's an honour to have been chosen to represent my country at a major tournament, it's always been a dream to play at a major final," said Jones.

"It's always a good feeling to have familiar faces around you with Harlan (Perry) and Brogan (Popham), and we all get along so well.

"I can't wait to get out there and, hopefully, create some amazing memories. It's been a good season for me and to go as far as we can will top it off."

Iestyn Jones Wales

In November, the defender started both group stage games as the young Dragons registered wins against Belgium and Gibraltar.

Jones bagged his first goal for his country in the 4-0 victory over Gibraltar, helping the age-grade side to their second qualification for the finals in as many years.

"The boys have done brilliantly to get to Cyprus, we've come up against tough teams on the way and we can be proud of how far we have come," he added.

"I don't score often, but to score in a Wales shirt was an amazing feeling, and it was an incredible team win all round.

"We have another set of tough opponents in our group in Cyprus, but we're determined and we'll make sure to enjoy it more than anything."