Wolves' Lee Evans is backed for Wales call

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett today backed Lee Evans to follow midfield cohort Kevin McDonald on to the international stage.

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Lee Evans and John-Joe O'Toole of Northampton Town

The head coach has watched on with pride after seeing McDonald win his Scotland call-up, with the midfielder set to play against Germany in a Euro 2016 qualifier in Munich on Sunday.

And Jackett believes his fellow Molineux man, Evans, should be next in line for international honours.

Evans has yet to feature for Wales, despite six under-21 appearances, but Jackett believes he could soon be breaking through into Chris Coleman’s side.

He said: "He’s got to feel that because he’s playing in the Championship at 20 years-old that his aim is to play for Wales.

“He’s in their under-21s squad and has been in that team for their last two games which is good.

“His focus will be on the under-21s and then his aim and objective is to try to get his first cap.

“It’s not something we’re predicting but he hs to concentrate on establishing himself at Wolves, doing well in the Championship, and then if possible, in the long term, representing his country.”

And, while McDonald has taken the eye under Jackett’s reign, the boss is confident that Evans is not far behind.

Jackett said: "Lee Evans has been every bit as good as Kevin McDonald and that shows you something.

“Lee put in one left-footed pass at Fulham which was fantastic on his wrong side.

“His long passing has been terrific and his concentration has improved, so it’s been a good area for us with those two guys playing very well.

“But along the way in that area we need to add goals.

“For Lee, I thought he was excellent against Fulham and Cardiff and he’s made a step up for someone of 20 which is a good achievement.”

The head coach is beaming after an encouraging start to the Championship campaign and is satisfied how they’ve acclimatised to a higher level after their League One promotion.

“We’ve played very well and haven’t looked out of our depth,” he said.

“We’ve gone into a new level with quite a new group and we haven’t looked out of place.

“They’ve been good, exciting games and good football matches that have been end to end. Would we like to up our goals tally? Yes we would.

“But would that make it easy to beat the likes of Cardiff, Norwich or Blackburn?

“It wouldn’t but we’ve always got to aspire to improve and be better, while not giving away what we’ve got.

“We feel we’ve got quite a lot and we think it’s important we build on that rather than replace.”

Wolves head into the international break sitting third in the table after their flying start to the season.

But Jackett believes it will be another month before they can really judge how good their start has been.

And he is urging his side to maintain their high levels of performance.

“We’ve been delighted with it and we’re very pleased with the application of the players, the understanding and the points total which will give everybody confidence and optimism,” he added.

“We need to try to do the same through September and then really assess and see where we are.

“Results are the bottom line but generally performances look after results.

“If you don’t play very well and you get a good result that doesn’t last long. You do need to perform very well.

“We’ve looked strong and we’ve looked competitive in a very good league but also, we haven’t won any game easily.

“I think that will continue to be the case because I believe that’s a feature of the Championship.”