Rotherham United's Will Vaulks wins Wales call-up

WILL Vaulks' red-card misery turned to international joy today when the Rotherham United midfielder was selected by Wales for the first time.
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The 25-year-old was contacted in person yesterday by Welsh manager Ryan Giggs who delivered the news of the Millers man's call-up after watching him help set up all three goals in the 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers at AESSEAL New York Stadium earlier this month.

Vaulks is in the squad for a friendly against Trinidad & Tobago at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground on Wednesday March 20 and a Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia at the City of Cardiff Stadium the following Sunday.

The recognition comes just three days after he was sent off in the Championship derby at Sheffield United for a first-half challenge on George Baldock.

Vaulks is suspended for Rotherham's next three matches but the ban applies to domestic games only and he is free to play for the Principality.

The Euro 2020 clash raises the prospect of him facing Millers teammate Marek Rodak who this season has broken into the Slovakian senior squad.

A scorer of six goals in Rotherham's second-tier survival battle this term, Vaulks was born in England but qualifies for Giggs' side because his mother is Welsh.

He said last week on the prospect of a selection: "It's something that I thought had gone. I was involved with the set-up when I was younger but it's been silent for six years.

"It's been bugging me that I didn't have my best game in front of the Welsh manager. I wasn't that happy with the way I played.

"When I used to live on the Wirral, I could see Wales from my house. We were on the Welsh side of the peninsula and I could see Moel Famau hill across the water. I used to run up it in pre-season with Tranmere Rovers."