JAMES Lawrence could make his Wales debut on Friday night – just days after setting foot in the country for the first time.

Oxfordshire-born Lawrence, 26, was called into Ryan Giggs’ squad for the double-header with Denmark and Albania having barely registered on the radar of any Wales supporter.

Spells at Arsenal and QPR during his younger days came and went before a move to Dutch giants Ajax and then Trencin in Slovakia.

Now playing for Anderlecht in Belgium, Lawrence only came to the attention of Giggs after his dad got in touch with the Football Association of Wales.

Lawrence qualifies for Wales through grandmother Jill, who hails from Haverfordwest, but had never been to the principality before joining up with Giggs and co for the upcoming matches.

Wales host the Danes in the Nations League on Friday and then travel to Albania for a friendly next Tuesday.

“When I first got here I had a long chat with the manager on who I was and my personality,” he said.

“He wanted to get to know me as a person and see what I was all about.

“We had a long chat to get to know each other, it was relaxed, and he said ‘I want you to get out there and show us what you’ve got’.

“One of the first things he said to me is that I suit the style that he wants to play.

“Playing out from the back and having good footballing centre-backs is what he wants.

“The past few clubs I’ve played at, even in Slovakia, we had that kind of Dutch system.

“At Ajax we also had that playing out from the back, and now in Belgium it’s the same.

“It helps me fit in very well.

“I’ve learned a lot from my time abroad; very different styles of football and different mentalities as well.”

On coming to Wales, he added: “I can’t say it’s too different from everywhere else that I’ve been.

“I’ve been to a lot of countries and had to adjust to new things so this is another step for me.

“It’s been really good so far with the training camp and meeting up with all the players.”