Chris Coleman is pleased by Antonio Conte’s positive comments about Ethan Ampadu’s international call-up to play for the Welsh international senior squad.
Coleman believes that the Chelsea manager’s stance, which stands in contrast with the way in which Jurgen Klopp responded to the news that Ben Woodburn had first been named in the Wales squad, which owes much to the fact the Italian understands what it means to play for his country.
Ampadu, 17, had just made his debut for Chelsea last week, but will be named alongside Woodburn in the 23-man Wales squad that take on Georgia and the Republic of Ireland in the final matches of their World Cup qualifying campaign at the start of next month. – Cara Daftar Sbobet
After Ampadu’s previous Wales call-up and prior to the teenager making his first appearance for Chelsea, Conte denied that senior international recognition at such a young age had heaped pressure on the player.
“You must be proud of this,” Conte said. “But, for sure, he has to work a lot to deserve another call-up to the national team. We must be pleased because this player is a Chelsea player.”
Coleman says that he appreciates Conte’s sentiments — which happened to be a very different reaction from Klopp in relation to Woodburn’s promotion to the senior Wales squad six months ago.
The German, who was keen to keep Woodburn out of the spotlight after the teenager scored on his Liverpool debut, expressed his surprise that he had not received a phone call from Coleman before the 17-year-old’s inclusion and also questioned how well the Wales manager knew the forward.
“It helps if you have played international football and understand what it is all about,” Coleman said. “When I read Conte’s comments I felt he put it all really well, how he said it, and it is true. If you are good enough as a young player, then why shouldn’t you be involved?”
“I can see the players don’t belong to us and are not contracted to us and international football is a choice – you either want to do it or you don’t want to do it. But if you have played it, you understand the importance of it and the honour of it.”