MARK HARRIS admits he made the temporary switch to Wrexham with a view to earning more international recognition.

The 20-year-old, who can play as a winger or a striker, joined the Reds on a season-long loan deal from Cardiff City in the summer.

Involved in the opening eight National League games of the season for Wrexham, making seven starts, Harris also scored in three successive matches against Boreham Wood, Dover and Halifax.

That form did not go unnoticed and Harris was named in the Wales under 21 squad for the Euro 2021 qualifiers against Belgium and Germany, with both games being staged at The Racecourse.

Harris started today's game as Wales made a fantastic start to their campaign by beating Belgium 1-0 courtesy of Brennan Johnson's early goal.

"As long as I came to Wrexham and played, I thought I had a chance of being called up," said Harris.

"That is what the Wales coaches look at; if you are playing first team football rather than under 23s, it is a little advantage.

"Obviously scoring three goals was a bonus and that needs to continue."

Harris has been a regular in the squad since making his debut for the under-21 side in September 2017, coming on as a substitute in a 3-0 victory over Switzerland.

And although he is is manager Paul Boden's plans, Harris was hoping to add to his collection of caps by starting the double-header, with the qualifier against Belgium followed by Tuesday's clash with Germany.

"Being called up for your country is one of the best things that can happen to you," said Harris.

"I have been a regular in the squad the last couple of years.

"I have started a few and been named on the bench a couple of times which is part and parcel of the game so let's see what happens now.

"Hopefully I can be in the starting XI."

Harris is expecting two difficult matches but with Wales having home advantage at a Racecourse ground he is used to playing at, he hopes to make the most of being in familiar surroundings.

"They are two tough games but we are going into both games confident and we will give it our best go," said Harris, who will also come up against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Moldova in later group matches.

"We are at home for both games and being at Wrexham, it is very familiar being here. It is just like another home game for me, same colour shirts but a different team!

"Hopefully I can go out and do well."

Manchester United starlet Dylan Levitt, who was raised in Flintshire and originally named in the under 21 set-up, has been promoted to the senior Wales side for their international fixtures.

Wales boss Ryan Giggs has already shown he is willing to give youngsters a chance, something that Harris is encouraged by as he aims to continue his progression.

"That is where you want to be," said Harris.

"Ryan Giggs has given players a chance who deserve it so as long as you show him that you are putting 100 per cent in every training session when we go away, or the games for your club, he will call you up.

"That is what you want from a manager.

"Aaron Ramsey pulled out and Dylan Levitt was called up, that just shows what the gaffer is about.

"He wants to give youngsters who deserve the opportunity their opportunity to play, and you can't ask for much more than that."