Wales manager Ryan Giggs has admitted that playing regular games for Rangers played a big part in decision to give Declan John his first cap in almost four years.
The 22-year-old has made 27 appearances for the Gers after his summer move from Cardiff City and played against both China and Uruguay during the recent international break.
Premier League legend Giggs added John and Liverpool’s Harry Wilson, on loan at Hull City, to his side and revealed that both are seeing the “benefits” of playing regularly.
“They are both playing and you can see that,” Giggs said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“When you’re in and out of the reserves or the first team or you’re training with the first team but not playing regular first team football, it has an effect.
“Harry and Declan are seeing the benefits of playing week in, week out because you can’t beat playing competitive first team games.
“You get in a rhythm and that’s part of the reason why I started a lot of the players because they were in that rhythm of playing regularly.”
John’s last appearance for Wales came against Holland in 2014 and the left-back played the full 90 minutes in the 6-0 win of China before getting nearly an hour in the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay.
The Welshman initially joined Rangers on loan from Cardiff in August before agreeing a permanent switch in January.
Football Insider verdict:
The Welshman did his chances of future caps absolutely no harm with two impressive performances for Ryan Giggs’ side as he builds on his debut season at Ibrox. John has made himself an integral part of the Gers starting XI and is reaping the rewards for his fine form. The 22-year-old will likely face increased competition for a starting place when Lee Wallace returns to fitness but after the way John has hit the ground running for the Gers, the former Cardiff star is in pole position to retain his place.
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