Adam Matthews was one of the high-profile casualties as Wales named their finalised squad for the European Championships in France this summer, and he’s probably regretting a few comments he said when leaving Celtic.
Matthews departed Glasgow in the summer of 2015, signing for Sunderland in a deal worth £2 million, and at the time he seemed to suggest he was quite happy to leave Scotland behind.
Pointing out that playing in the English Premier League was a higher quality league than the Scottish Premiership, Matthews claimed he was now more likely to work his way into Wales boss Chris Coleman’s plans.
At the time, speaking to the Daily Record, the 24-year-old said: “The international thing was a major part of me moving.
“The league in Scotland isn’t great and the Welsh manager saw that.
“Hopefully, this move will help improve my chances of getting into the Welsh team.
“I have been at Celtic for four years and enjoyed every minute but I spoke to my agent and it seemed to be a good move for me.
“I’m happy to move forward and playing in the English Premier League was a big factor.”
But, sadly for Matthews, his dream move to the Stadium of Light has gone a bit pear-shaped of late, with current manager Sam Allardyce loaning him out to Bristol City last January.
Matthews made just nine league appearance for Bristol, but despite managing to sneak his way into Wales’ initial squad, he has now be cut and will be watching Gareth Bale and co from home.
He probably feels a little bit silly now.
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