Sam Parker | Euros opportunity a dream come true

14th May
Sam Parker Wales Under-17s

Swansea City's Sam Parker says it'll be a "dream come true" to represent his country at the forthcoming 2023 Uefa Under-17 European Championships, which kick off in Hungary next week.

The 16-year-old earned a call-up for the young Dragons after missing out on the previous two international camps due to injury.

Wales were the only side to go unbeaten in their qualifying group and finished top to advance to the Elite Round, where they were drawn against Scotland, Iceland and Montenegro.

Craig Knight's squad also topped their group in that section of the competition after Wales beat Scotland 4-2 at Rodney Parade in their opener, which included two goals from striker Iwan Morgan, before draws with Iceland and Montenegro sealed top spot and saw them reach the finals for the first time in history.

At the finals, Wales will face hosts Hungary, the Republic of Ireland and Poland.

Sam Parker

"It's a dream to be given this opportunity to represent my country at a major tournament," said Parker.

"I've had some bad luck with injuries and timings this season, meaning I've missed some Wales camps and game time, but I'm grateful to have the chance to go the finals.

"The boys did amazing in the Elite Round, it was amazing to see them do so well and create history.

"The staff and coaches have been amazing to get me back to full fitness, and I got a lot of minutes under my belt towards the end of the season.

"We have some tough opponents, but seeing the way the boys played in the Elite Round, I feel like we won't make it easy for them."

Parker will be joined by his Swansea City team-mates Kit Margetson, Jacob Cook, and Morgan.

"It's always a good feeling to have familiar faces around you, and guys who you see week in, week out," Parker added.

"I can't wait to get started and, hopefully, create some amazing memories."



Hungary v Cymru - Wednesday, May 17 - 7pm BST

Republic of Ireland v Cymru - Saturday, May 20 - 3.30pm BST

Cymru v Poland - Wednesday, May 23 - 7pm BST