Preston North End goalkeeper Chris Maxwell has been called up to the Welsh National squad by manager Ryan Giggs ahead of the friendly game against Mexico.

The goalkeeper will travel to Los Angeles with the side, where he will partake in Giggs’ first training session as Wales manager.

This isn’t the first time the Preston shot stopper has been called up to the National side, but Maxwell is still awaiting his first international cap for Wales.

He has represented his country at all ages at youth level.

Maxwell joined North End from Fleetwood Town in 2016, after making 110 appearances for the Cod Army – impressing at the club after a number of good performances.

He joined the Lillywhites on a three year deal and found himself competing for the number one shirt with Anders Lindegaard.

After impressing at Deepdale, Maxwell established himself as Preston’s first choice goalkeeper and last season signed a one year contract extension to his current deal.

Declan Rudd joined the club last season, but Maxwell impressed Simon Grayson and remained the number one.

He was instrumental this season under Alex Neil and was a key part of Preston’s playoff push, despite North End narrowly missing out on the top six.

Wayne Hennessey is currently Wales’ number one choice, having made 75 caps for the team.

Maxwell will face stiff competition from the Crystal Palace goalkeeper and Danny Ward for a starting spot in LA.

The Wrexham academy graduate will be hoping to impress Giggs and make a positive impression ahead of further squad selections.

 


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