Cledwyn Ashford, who coached Tom for Flintshire Schoolboys

“Not many players play two years running for Flintshire but he was one of those who did.

“He was a very quiet lad but he always had confidence on the ball. Tom had great skills, he loved to take people on and had pace to burn.

“You could tell he was going to go far and be a special player. He had the ability to make a difference.

“I’m so pleased for him, it’s a fantastic achievement for the lad. What a great honour for him to have one of the greatest players to play for Manchester United and Wales, who is also the manager, to have that faith in him.

“I thought he played extremely well and I knew he wouldn’t be fazed by it at all. I don’t think he’s far from a first team call-up for Wales either.”