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Rangers star Declan John believes joining the Ibrox giants has given him a platform to get back into the Wales squad after making his return to the international scene in last week’s China Cup fixtures with China and Uruguay.

John’s last cap came against Holland in 2014 and his excellent performances for the Light Blues saw him force his way into Ryan Giggs’ first squad since taking over from Chris Coleman.

The left-back played the full game in the 6-0 win over China before getting just under an hour in the 1-0 final defeat by the South Americans on his return to the international scene.

John admits he is “really happy” to be back involved with his national side and revealed he was always confident he would get back into the reckoning.

“Coming to Rangers has given me a platform to get back into the international setup and I’m really happy. I always believed in myself to get back to this level,” John said, as quoted by the Gers’ official Twitter account.

John has now won four caps for Wales and the 22-year-old will be hoping he can now become a regular feature of Giggs’ squad for the upcoming Nations League campaign.

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The Welshman originally joined the Light Blues on a season-long loan from Cardiff in August before completing a permanent switch in January.

After coming into the side following injury to Lee Wallace, John has become a key part of the Gers side and has made 27 appearances for the Ibrox giants, scoring three times and contributing four assists.

Football Insider verdict:

John’s performances for Rangers have been impressive and he will have done his chances of more caps absolutely no harm at all with his performances in China. The left-back looks to have made the position his own at Ibrox despite the imminent return from injury of Lee Wallace but will need to continue improving as the Light Blues attempt to win their first major trophy since 2011. With competition at both club and international level, John has a huge chance to prove himself and make himself a regular for both.

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