Wales call-up for Ja­cob­son

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY CRAIG SIL­VER

BRIS­TOL Rovers de­fender Joe Ja­cob­son will ful­fil a child­hood dream if he gets to play for Wales in friendly matches against Ice­land and Hol­land next week.

The 21-year-old left-back re­ceived a let­ter from the Welsh FA con­firm­ing his first se­nior call-up for the na­tional team, hav­ing made 13 ap­pear­ances for the Un­der 21 side.

“It’s a bril­liant mo­ment for me,” said Ja­cob­son. “Ob­vi­ously, I have got into the team on merit for the sea­son I’ve had with Rovers. It is a big chance for me to im­press man­ager John Toshack.

“Any young player will tell you their dream is to put on the shirt, play for their coun­try and win your first cap for the se­nior squad. Hope­fully, I will get that chance.”

The Cardiff-born foot­baller, who was at Wem­b­ley for last week­end’s FA Cup fi­nal, has had a sea­son to re­mem­ber. He helped Rovers reach the quar­ter­fi­nals of the cup and won the Mac­cabi GB sports per­son­al­ity award.

Ja­cob­son topped off his cam­paign by cap­tain­ing the Wales Un­der 21 side in their 2-0 friendly de­feat against Eng­land at the Race­course Ground last week. He was given one of the tough­est as­sign­ments, mark­ing Arse­nal speed­ster Theo Wal­cott.

“I had goose­bumps when I lined up to play Eng­land,” he said. “It was an un­be­liev­able ex­pe­ri­ence and was also my first time play­ing against Pre­mier League play­ers on that scale, which of course is some­thing I’ve al­ways wanted to do.

“Hav­ing to mark Theo was not an easy job. He has out­stand­ing pace and if he gets past you then any player in the world is go­ing to have a hard time catch­ing up with him. Over­all, I thought we played re­ally well, and were very un­lucky to lose.” Look- ing ahead to next week’s friendlies, Toshack has told Ja­cob­son to keep fit and con­tinue do­ing some per­sonal train­ing be­fore the team meets on Mon­day.

PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Tak­ing off: Joe Ja­cob­son (left) tries to keep up with Eng­land Un­der 21 star Theo Wal­cott in Wrex­ham

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