Wembley match-winner George Thomas is hoping to replicate his end of season form for Coventry City when Wales kick off their Toulon Tournament campaign against France on Tuesday (May 30).
The young midfielder – who has represented Wales at both Under-17 and Under-19 level – is one of several members of Rob Page’s squad with first-team experience.
The 20-year-old scored nine goals in 36 games for Coventry last season, including the winner in the Checkatrade Trophy Final at Wembley last month.
And after a positive second half of the campaign for the Sky Blues, Thomas is looking forward to seeing Wales get their tournament underway against the hosts.
“That was a dream come true (scoring at Wembley) and the best day of my life,” he said. “At the back end of last season, I did quite well, scored a few goals and played a lot of games.
“That was good for my development and hopefully I can bring that experience to the team both for Tuesday’s game and the rest of the tournament.
“I’ve been around senior players in the last few seasons with my club, so maybe I can be a bit of a leader myself while we are out here in France.”
He added: “I can’t wait to get started now. We’ve had a good week’s training, the weather is great, confidence is high and the tempo and quality in training has been good.”
Despite Toulon being for players born during or after 1997 and 1999, the squad will be hoping for a positive tournament under the watchful eye of new intermediate boss Rob Page.
And with the Under-21 Euro Qualifiers set to get underway in September, Thomas insists everyone will be looking to stake a claim in the Under-21 squad for the autumn.
“Everyone has one eye on the qualifiers,” he said. “This tournament will be a chance for the players to impress and catch the manager’s eye.
“All the boys want to prove themselves out here and we want to get through.”