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Wales call surprises Bristol City's Christian Ribeiro

Christian Ribeiro
Ribeiro has played the last three Championship matches for Bristol City

Bristol City defender Christian Ribeiro says his call-up to the full Wales squad for the matches against Bulgaria and Switzerland was unexpected.

The 20-year-old full-back has been a regular for Wales at youth level but has just one senior cap, earned against Croatia in May.

"I was a little bit surprised, especially in my position," Ribeiro told BBC Radio Bristol.

"There are a couple of Premiership players who play at right back."

Ribeiro continued: "It's great to be involved with them and have a good reputation with the manager and hopefully he sees me competing with those good players."

The Neath-born player's City career has been thwarted by injury, including a year out after damaging his cruciate knee ligaments.

But Ribeiro has started the last three Championship matches and impressed manager Keith Millen.

"All I can do is keep playing games for Bristol City and hopefully that'll take care of itself with Wales," he said.



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