Rangers star Declan John has said it is “always an honour” after being named in Ryan Giggs’ first squad as Wales manager – five years after his last cap.

The Welshman has impressed hugely at Ibrox since signing from Cardiff City – initially on a season-long loan – in August and has been named in the squad for the trip to China to take part in the China Cup.

John, who last represented his country in 2013 and will be hoping to see game time against the hosts and either Uruguay or the Czech Republic in Wales’ second game, revealed he was looking forward to the trip.

Always an honour to be called up for my country looking forward to the trip” John said on his personal Twitter account.

John has won two caps for Wales and has made the left-back berth at Ibrox his own after impressing in Lee Wallace’s absence through injury.

The 22-year-old signed a permanent deal with the Light Blues in January after a string of impressive performances under Pedro Caixinha and Graeme Murty.

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Football Insider verdict:

John fully deserves his call-up and will be hoping to get the chance to show what he can do in Ryan Giggs’ first squad. After so long out of the international reckoning it is easy to forget John is only 22 and is still only establishing himself as a senior player. The boost the left-back will get from forcing his way back into the international scene should help him to kick on with the Gers ahead of Lee Wallace’s impending return from injury to challenge the Welshman.

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