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INTERNATIONAL NEWS | Paul Mullin on standby list as Cymru prepare for STōK Cae Ras friendly

Rob Page meets press ahead of return to ‘home of Welsh football’

4 October 2023

Cymru manager Rob Page confirmed Wrexham AFC striker Paul Mullin is on the standby list for the national team’s forthcoming matches against Gibraltar and Croatia.

Wrexham striker Mullin, who scored his first two goals of the season in the draw with Crewe Alex last Saturday, qualifies to play internationally for Wales.

And as Page prepares for the match at the STōK Cae Ras against Gibraltar, before the Euro 2024 qualifier in Cardiff, Mullin has been placed on standby.

Speaking in the 1864 Suite at the STōK Cae Ras, following the squad announcement – which includes Wrexham-born Owen Beck for the first time, as well as Charlie Savage – Page hailed the Wrexham striker.

He said: “Paul is on standby for the squad. I watched Paul Mullin against Sheffield United last year, and Jack Lester – my coach, who was at Sheffield United at the time – sang his praises.

“We’ve had a few conversations about Paul, so the next step is he’s now on standby and he’s one step away.

“We monitor the Welsh players, and Paul is certainly one we’ve taken note of – and he deserves that. This is the next step of his development.”

The match against Gibraltar is Cymru’s first at the world’s oldest international football stadium since playing Trinidad & Tobago in 2019.

And Page admits he is delighted to be back in North Wales, at the ‘home of Welsh football’.

The Wales manager said: “It’s massive for us. On behalf of all the players we want to thank the North Walian supporters, who always travel to watch us.

“To come up to Wrexham, and show them that respect, and give them the opportunity to be at home, is just a small price for us to pay [to thank them].

“We’re looking forward to it. It was the home of Welsh football when I was growing up, and I watched many internationals from here when I was younger, and on the TV with Rushy and Mark Hughes. For us to be coming back up here to play again is exciting.”

The sold-out match at the STōK Cae Ras takes place on Wednesday October 11, and kicks off at 7.45pm.

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