STOKE CITY Academy starlets Daniel Gyollai and Thomas Shepherd have this week received international recognition and joined up with their nation's respective Under-17 squads.
Goalkeeper Gyollai has flown back to Hungary where he is to represent his country against Italy this evening, whilst forward Shepherd linked up with Wales for their two friendly fixtures against Czech Republic last night and again on Thursday.
The pair, who are both aged 16, have enjoyed spells with City's Under-18 squad this season as they continue to progress through the club's youth system.
On receiving the news from the two national football associations, Academy Director Dave Wright said he was pleased to see the duo gain recognition.
"It is great news for both Daniel and Thomas to be asked to link up with Hungary and Wales at Under-17 level," Wright said.
"They are just two of many who have received international recognition over the course of the season because of the hard work they have put at the Academy and it's fantastic to see.
"We as an Academy very much hope that it continues and that many more of our lads receive similar honours at international level because it will mean they are performing to a high standard for our sides and progressing well."