Mepham Stars for Wales

Volenti client, Welsh international defender Chris Mepham is determined to thrive on the big stage, after a journey in which has taken him from Sunday League football to the football league and now onto the international arena.

Mepham, who was released by Chelsea at the age of 14, was playing for North Greenford reserves only four years ago now before he was spotted by a Brentford scout and was then offered a route back into the professional game.

The 20-year-old has just had a breakthrough season in the Sky Bet Championship, and on May 29th the defender played a crucial role in shutting out World Cup-bound Mexico in front of 82,345 fans. The attendance was the largest for a Wales game since more than 86,000 saw them play a World Cup qualifier against the Soviet Union in Moscow in May 1965.

Mepham admitted that it was hard to take everything in after his remarkable rise from being an amateur to an international footballer.

‘I do pinch myself a little bit,’ said Mepham, reflecting on the goalless draw in Pasadena.

‘I’ve loved my progress, but it’s been an absolute roller-coaster and one thing after another.