International round-up | October 2022

19th October
First team
Liam Cullen playing for Wales

Swansea City striker Liam Cullen won his first senior cap for Wales as he helped the Dragons to a 4-0 victory over Gibraltar.

The 24-year-old was handed a starting role for the friendly at the Racecourse in Wrexham.

The forward played 90 minutes as goals from Ben Davies, Kieffer Moore (2) and Nathan Broadhead gave Rob Page’s young side the win.

The Swans academy product was then named on the bench in Wales' 2-1 victory over Croatia on Sunday.

Bashir Humphreys trains with England

Swans duo Bashir Humphreys and Charlie Patino, meanwhile, were called up to England's Under-21s squad for their Euro 2025 qualifiers against Serbia and Ukraine.

The defending European champions began their qualification campaign with a 3-0 win over Luxembourg last month.

Humphreys earned his first Under-21s' cap in England's 9-1 victory over Serbia, playing out the full 90 minutes of the high-scoring affair, while Arsenal loanee Patino was an unused substitute.

The young Lions now sit in second in Group C despite suffering a last-minute defeat against Ukraine, who have claimed the top spot and remain unbeaten in their Euro qualifying campaign.

Humphreys started for a second consecutive game, with Patino again named on the bench.

At age-grade level, Ben Lloyd netted the opener in Wales Under-19s' group stage fixture against 2022 European champions England on Saturday, but the young Lions salvaged a point with 20 minutes to go after Romain Esse netted the equaliser. 

Between the sticks, 17-year-old Kit Margetson made his under-19s' debut after being named in the starting XI in the same fixture. 

In their opening game against Austria, Lloyd played the full 90 minutes in the goalless draw, with Margetson named on the bench.

Rob Edwards' side fell short of qualification after they suffered defeat to group hosts Montenegro on Tuesday evening.

Ben Lloyd

Elsewhere, Wales Under-21s extended their unbeaten run in the qualifying group stages for the 2025 European Championships with their 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic.

Josh Thomas was named in the starting XI, whilst Joel Cotterill came on as a substitute. 

Josh Thomas.