THERE was no prouder moment for Steve Evans than representing his country. Making his Wales debut at home-town club Wrexham was extra special.

Evans was playing for the Reds when he was selected in John Toshack’s squad for the friendly against Liechtenstein at The Racecourse in November 2006.

The centre-back started the game alongside the likes of Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy, helping Wales win 4-0 in front of nearly 9,000 fans.

“Obviously it is every player’s dream to represent your country, for me it is the highest achievement in football,” said Evans.

“It was the proudest moment in my career, especially making my Wales debut at my hometown club.

“I got the call on the Sunday morning off Wrexham secretary Geraint Parry saying I had been named in the squad.

“I met up at Carden Park in the evening and trained on the Monday morning. After training John Toshack spoke to me and said ‘how would you like to represent your country?’

“My exact words were ‘I’d f****** love to!”

Evans was pleased with how his debut went despite initial nerves.

“I was a bit in awe to be honest with you looking at the crowd,” said Evans.

“I took a deep breath and said ‘you belong here, just go out and play your game’

“We won, I played well and I think I started the next three games after that for Wales.”

Evans won seven caps for his country, including another match at Wrexham in May 2007 when Wales drew 2-2 against New Zealand, and he was an unused substitute when The Racecourse hosted the 3-0 win over Norway in February 2008.

“I was on the bench against New Zealand,” said Evans.

“James Collins and Danny Gabbidon started but I came on in the second half.

“I was also in the squad for the Norway game but did not manage to get on.”

Evans also remembers being in the squad when Giggs, the current manager of the national team, made his final Wales appearance at The Millennium Stadium in the goalless draw with Czech Republic in June 2007.

“Ryan played in the Liechtenstein game as well and against New Zealand,” said Evans.

“His last game for Wales was the game after New Zealand against the Czech Republic. I was on the bench and when Giggs went off, the standing ovation lasted minutes.”

Evans is delighted to see international football return to The Racecourse when Wales face Trinidad and Tobago next Wednesday.

“It is great for the stadium and for the town to host the game,” added Evans. “More should be up here, it is a long way down south.”