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Davies piles the praise on Giggs as he aims to win first Wales cap

Euro 2020 qualifiers

By Nick Mashiter

Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies has hailed Wales boss Ryan Giggs as he eyes an international debut.

The 26-year-old is his country's in-form goalkeeper ahead of tomorrow's friendly with Trinidad and Tobago in Wrexham.

Davies has kept six straight clean sheets - conceding just six goals in 2019 - with the Tykes second in SkyBet League One.

Giggs has hinted Davies could face Trinidad and the boyhood Liverpool fan has praised the former Manchester United star's influence.

"It was a bit strange when I first saw him, 'Wow, that's Ryan Giggs'," said Davies, who has been involved with Wales for three years but is yet to feature.

"I always thought he was an unreal player. But he's been really good with me. He's easy to talk to and has time for everyone.

"When I come back I'm a better goalkeeper, I've always learned being away with Wales."

Davies, who was born in Germany while his Welsh father was stationed there with the British Armed Forces, has been beaten just 27 times in 38 senior games for the Tykes this term. He is out of contract at the end of the season and looks to be Wales' stand-out goalkeeper at present.

Wayne Hennessey has lost his place to Vicente Guaita at Crystal Palace and Danny Ward remains second choice behind Kasper Schmeichel at Leicester.

"I'm hoping to get game time," Davies said. "I always believe it'll happen and I'll get a cap - hopefully a lot - but I'll just concentrate on playing the best I can."

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