David Brooks: “I won’t be putting on an England shirt again”

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I spoke with David Brooks on Monday and got his thoughts on the upcoming Nations League matches, new life in Bournemouth and his previous England youth caps. 

On playing for Wales under Giggs and his upcoming, long-awaited first competitive cap:

“I’m looking forward to it. Obviously, I couldn’t go to China because I was ill, but I got a taste for it in LA with Ryan Giggs and I want more of that feeling.

“I’m going to take all of the advice I can off him [Giggs]. He was a fantastic footballer and he’s won every trophy under the sun. If he’s got any advice for me, I’ll be sure to take it on board.”

“It’s a massive honour to put on your national team’s shirt, I can’t wait to hopefully put it on and put in a good performance against Ireland.

“With a team like Rep. of Ireland, they always want to press and play on the front foot. I think if we’re calm and composed, with the quality we have, we can hurt them as well. If we play our game, we can get the three points.”

When asked about Declan Rice rejecting an Ireland call up: “As a young professional, you’ve got to think about what’s best for yourself.

“I don’t really know his situation personally, so I’m not able to say much more.”

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On a potentially weakened Denmark side:

“To be fair, I’ve only just been told about it so I don’t have any clue what’s going on with that.

“At the end of the day, whatever team they put out, we’ve got to beat. It doesn’t really matter to us until the day of the game.”

On his new Premier League life with Bournemouth:

“It’s been a great move, the team and the staff have made it really easy for me. I can’t really complain, it’s just a long way from home.

“I’m staying in a hotel at the moment, so when I get my own place I should settle down a bit more.

“My family have been excellent and have travelled down to me every weekend, it has helped me a lot.”

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Comparing the Championship with the Premier League: “The Championship is a fast league and in the Premier League you seem to get a bit more time on the ball, but the quality is a lot higher.

“I got the opportunity to start the first game of the season against Cardiff. I didn’t know Ryan Giggs was there until after the game.

“Hopefully, I’m adjusting to the league well and I can carry on getting a few more appearances before the end of the season.”

On his previous England U20 caps:

“It was always in my mind to play for Wales. Even when I got the England call up, I’d already expressed my feelings to play for Wales.

“Thankfully, it didn’t sway anyone and I got my chance to come back over to the Wales setup.

“I won’t be putting on an England shirt again, that won’t be happening.”

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Read more:
• Final Welsh player roundup before the first set of Nations League matches
• All of the summer transfer moves for Welsh players 
• Wales left heartbroken in Newport as England qualify for the 2019 World Cup

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