A FOOTBALLER born and raised in the north was the star of the show as he kept Wales' dreams of qualifying for UEFA Euro 2024 alive.

Rob Page's side claimed a massive 2-1 victory against Croatia on Sunday (October 15) to keep themselves in the running for qualification.

And instrumental on the night was none other than north Wales' own Harry Wilson.

Born in Wrexham, the 26-year-old went on to attend Ysgol Dinas Bran school in Llangollen and was brought up in the town of Corwen.

From a young age, his footballing talents were clear to see and the family made national headlines when he made his international debut for Wales aged just 16 years and 207 days old v Belgium in October 2013.

That is because his grandfather, Peter Edwards, netted £125,000 as a result of having placed a bet of £50 with bookies William Hill on Harry to someday go on and play for Wales when he was just 18-months old.

Sunday's match saw Wilson earn his 50th cap for his country and was a night to remember for him all around as he netted both of Wales' goals.


That moved Cymru into second in Group D, behind leaders Turkey, and keeps them in contention to qualify for UEFA Euro 2024, which will be held in Germany next summer.

Taking to Twitter after the match, Wilson himself hailed it as a 'special night'.

A crowd of 31,240 people witnessed Wilson and co. win at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Fellow Wrexham lads Danny Ward and Neco Williams also starred for Wales in the huge victory.

You can watch the first of Wilson's goals on the night here ...

And the second - another well-taken finish - here ...

Wales will now face final group matches against Armenia (Away) and Turkey (Home) in a bid to qualify for UEFA Euro 2024. They must win both matches to qualify automatically.

The Cymru squad has now qualified for three of the last four 'major' international tournaments - UEFA Euro 2016, UEFA Euro 2020 and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Wilson was in the squad for all of those tournaments.

Having come through the ranks at Liverpool, his senior club career has seen him so far star for the likes of Derby County, Bournemouth, Cardiff City and current club Fulham.