18-year-old Man City midfielder to face Thiago, Ramos and Busquets after latest Wales call-up

Teenage Manchester City midfielder Matt Smith could find himself opposite the likes of Sergio Ramos, Sergio Busquets and Thiago Alcântara in this month’s international break after again being called up by Wales.

Ryan Giggs named the 18-year-old in his squad for upcoming games against Spain and the Republic of Ireland, with Smith in line to add to his two Wales caps.

The Redditch-born youngster is on loan at FC Twente in Holland this season after impressing at youth level for City’s Elite Development Squad, and the international experience he is getting can only help his development.

Smith has featured regularly for Twente, who were relegated to the Dutch second division last season, starting six of their seven league games and only missing the other because of his international commitments.

The central midfielder’s most recent appearance for Twente came against Jong PSV last Sunday in which he played the full 90 minutes, picking up a yellow card with 5 minutes left on the clock.

Another former City academy player, David Brooks, is also in the Wales squad. Brooks, 21, was released by City in 2014 but impressed at Sheffield United and earned a £10 million-plus move to Premier League side Bournemouth in the summer.

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