Newcastle Utd’s Dummett putting Wales international ambition on hold

Paul Dummett
Paul Dummett

PAUL Dummett is putting all international ambitions on hold - and instead is focusing on establishing himself at Newcastle.

The defender’s impressive rise to prominence this season has seen him not only break into United’s first team, but also force his way into the Wales squad.

The 22-year-old, who qualifies for Wales as his father was born there, was on the bench for his country’s September games against Macedonia and Serbia, but failed to win his first full cap.

Injury has ruled him out of the Welsh squad that will face Finland in a friendly tomorrow, meaning the Newcastle-born star could still switch allegiance to England.

But Dummett is keen to play down international talk and concentrate instead on making a name for himself at the Magpies.

“It was a great experience to be training alongside Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale,” he said.

“The people at Wales told me to enjoy the experience and go away and keep working hard.

“But for me it is all about what happens at Newcastle.

“We have had some good results so we must keep that going.”

Dummett hit the headlines last month when he scored as a substitute in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool.

He then started the next game, the Wear-Tyne derby defeat against Sunderland, earning plaudits from manager Alan Pardew for his performance as he recovered from a difficult start.

The left-back, who has three Under-21 caps for Wales, then picked up a hamstring injury in the Capital One Cup defeat against Manchester City, but hopes to be fit for the game against Norwich City next weekend.

Dummett could come back into the team if Pardew decides to switch Davide Santon to right-back with Mathieu Debuchy suspended.

It’s been a meteoric rise for the youngster, who spent last season on loan at St Mirren, but signed a long-term deal with Newcastle this month, and he is determined to just keep working hard and impressing his manager.

“I just need to concentrate on doing well for Newcastle,” he added.

“That is my main priority.

“I came back here in the pre-season and the manager rewarded me with my chance.

“It’s been a dream come true but I need to keep working.

“The manager gave me my chance. He’s been brilliant.

“I just want to reward him with good performances.”