WREXHAM boss Sam Ricketts says everyone who plays for Wales are exactly “where they want to be” regardless of where they were born.

Wales head into tonight’s crunch Nations League decider against Denmark with former Welsh international Ricketts insisting that pledging your allegiance to The Dragons is an easy decision.

The national team presently have a number of players who were born over the border, including captain, Ashley Williams, and have done so ever since Buckinghamshire-born Ricketts made his debut for the national team in 2005.

Ricketts, who won 52 caps for Wales, said: “There is an awful big pull to play for Wales. It’s not a second choice or anything, it’s where players want to be.”

Perhaps more so than ever, talented young players are choosing to play international football for Wales, despite being born in different lands.

David Brooks and Ethan Ampadu are just some of seven young players who were born in England but have forced their ways into becoming full Wales internationals, and Ricketts is full of praise for the Welsh FA in discovering their potential.

“It’s really good for Welsh football that they’ve been able to attract great players” added Ricketts.

“Players like Ampadu, at Chelsea, is a fantastic player, and someone who Wales have identified from a young age and given a clear pathway into the first team.

“Now when you come in to play for Wales, you’re not stepping over just to play international football, but you’re coming to play for what is a really good team which reached the semi-finals of the European Championships.

“There are players now who are eligible for England but are picking Wales because they are seeing what the Welsh FA are doing and the prospects that are there for them. If you can attract the top players, it certainly gives you a bigger chance.”

The Wrexham boss, who is fresh from winning the October National League manager of the month award, can also see parallels between the current Wales squad and the one he first broke into over a decade ago.

“A load of young players coming through together at a time when certain players are coming to the end. They have some very good young players coming through, and so far, they’ve handled the transition well.”

Wales’ young Dragons will be joined by an unfamiliar face this week, as James Lawrence links up with the squad for the first time.

Lawrence is an Oxfordshire-born centre back who currently plies his trade for Anderlecht in the Belgian League and will look to help lead Ryan Giggs’ team to a top place finish.

Wales currently top Group B4 with six points and a win in Cardiff would ensure that Wales finish first qualify for the next round of the tournament which could lead to securing a place at Euro 2020.