Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey has received a major confidence boost by regaining his Wales place, according to his club boss Kenny Jackett, writes Tim Nash.
Hennessey made his first international appearance since November 2011 in Friday’s 1-0 win over Macedonia at Cardiff City Stadium.
It came too late to save Wales’ hopes of making next year’s finals, but it was their first win in four going back to March and got them off the bottom of Group A above Macedonia and Scotland.
Now the 26-year-old, currently into his second month on loan at Championship Yeovil after almost 18 months out injured, is hoping to retain his national place above Albion’s Boaz Myhill for tonight’s final qualifier against group winners Belgium in Brussels.
But Jackett believes Anglesey-born Hennessey – who has twice battled through months of rehabilitation after successive cruciate knee ligament injuries – is just happy to be playing international football again.
“It’s a big confidence boost to be back playing regularly again in the Championship and at international level,” said Jackett, who won 31 caps for Wales as a player from 1982-88.
“I spoke to him on the phone afterwards and I’m very pleased for him to get back into the international scene.
“It’s a good foot in the door and it was a great clean sheet and a win, just when they needed it.
“It was his first international for almost two years and he did very well, so I was very pleased with him.
“He was saying they’d worked at certain situations and set-pieces where he was going to come and take the high balls and the crosses and people were going to cover him and it worked very well.
“He’s a Wolves player, but his international career means a lot to him.
“It will be interesting to see how that battle goes on between him and Boaz Myhill because they’re both very capable.”