Former Bristol City, Chelsea and Charlton Athletic star receives shock international call-up

Since leaving Bristol City, the former left-back has been called up to the senior international stage for the first time in his career.
Jay Dasilva is in the Wales squad - to the surprise of a lot of people. (Photo by Jess Hornby/Getty Images)Jay Dasilva is in the Wales squad - to the surprise of a lot of people. (Photo by Jess Hornby/Getty Images)
Jay Dasilva is in the Wales squad - to the surprise of a lot of people. (Photo by Jess Hornby/Getty Images)

Former Bristol City defender Jay Dasilva has received a shock call-up to the Welsh national team.

Dasilva was born in Luton, but qualifies for Wales through his grandmother who was born in Pontypridd. He has been drafted in to the squad for Wales' EURO 2024 qualifiers with Armenia and Turkey, despite not representing at age-grade level.

The 25-year-old who left Ashton Gate earlier this summer on a free transfer, represented England from under-16's to under-21's level, and made 63 appearances in total for various Three Lions teams. His last involvement with England was in 2019 when he was in the squad for the under-21 EUROs following his debut campaign at City.

Jay comes from a footballing family, and has two twin brothers, who were on the books of Chelsea at the same time of him. One of Jay's brothers Cole, represented Wales from under-15 to under-21 level, and whilst he isn't still in professional football he does play for Biggleswade Town in the non-league.

Cole said: "Best thing I did in football was represent Wales. Now I get to see bro do it for the seniors. Living our dream over and over. proud of you bro."

Jay's other brother Rio, is also a non-league footballer, and is now with Hitchin Town who play in the seventh tier of English football.

Dasilva is in the Wales squad alongside City academy graduate Joe Morrell, who is now at Portsmouth. In other news, current City defender Harry Leeson, who featured in several Robins first-team squads, has been called up to the under-21's squad.

Two wins are a must for Rob Page's side if they are to join England and Scotland in Germany next summer, however they could fall back on to the play-offs should they miss out on second place.