Sheffield United winger David Brooks earns Wales call-up

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Sheffield United youngster David Brooks has been named in the Wales squad for their final 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland.

Brooks has only started three league games for the Blades, but he has earned rave reviews and shone in the 4-2 derby victory over Sheffield Wednesday last Sunday.

The 20-year-old Warrington-born striker starred in England's Toulon Tournament success last summer, when he was named the best player in the south of France.

But Brooks, who qualifies for Wales through his Wrexham-born mother, switched allegiance in August when he was named in Rob Page's Under-21 squad.

Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn, who was born in Nottingham and grew up in Cheshire, made a spectacular impact for Wales earlier this month.

Cardiff defender Jazz Richards and James Collins are both absent with injuries, while Preston goalkeeper Chris Maxwell replaces Barnsley's Adam Davies in the 23-man squad.

Wales are currently in second place in Group D, four points behind leaders Serbia and one point above the Republic.

They face Georgia away on 6 October and ROI in Cardiff on 9 October.