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Tyrhys Dolan: Blackburn Rovers midfielder seeks international appeal

Tyrhys Dolan has scored three goals in 10 games for Blackburn Rovers this season, his last goal on Saturday in a 5-1 win against Cardiff City

“I’m a good player and I believe in myself. I think I’m better than anyone on my day, I believe in myself so much.”

If there’s one thing Blackburn Rovers midfielder Tyrhys Dolan lacks, it isn’t confidence.

The former Manchester City and Preston North End trainee has been on the stage since joining Blackburn Rovers in 2020 and is now a regular for Tony Mowbray’s squad.

“I feel really special to be such a young player, to play on the first team of the championship on a team that has started the season well. It’s really good for me,” the 19-year-old told BBC Radio Manchester.

“I want to keep this going and stay in and around it. I want to keep going, keep delivering goals and assists.”

Become the star man

Since making the short journey through Lancashire from the North End last year, Dolan has made 46 championship appearances for Rovers, scoring five goals in the process.

He was rewarded with a new one Three and a half year contract with the club in February, with an option for another year, and he’s been on the first team at Ewood Park ever since.

Dolan has played 10 league and cup games so far this season and scored his third goal of the season Saturdays 5: 1 demolition of Cardiff City.

However, his journey to senior football began when he left City Academy to join Preston, where he immediately fitted into their system.

He continued, “When I went to Preston it really helped me because I went in there not to be big headed but to feel like the star man ‘us games’ and I think that was what I needed.

“At City, I felt like a little fish in a pond. At Preston, I was the captain for most of the sophomore scholarship, which was important to me. It just boosted my confidence.”

He appears to represent his country

Dolan has not yet received a call-up for England in the youth field. However, he believes the reason for this could be because he is playing outside of the Premier League.

“I feel like I’ve been overlooked,” he continued. “I’m currently playing with Leighton Clarkson and he’s on loan from Liverpool and plays in the England U20.

“I played along [Manchester City loanee] Taylor Harwood-Bellis was for Blackburn last season and he’s now made it to the Under-21s. “

With the squads to be announced soon before the next international break, Dolan is relying on his own abilities to get accepted.

Dolan added: “There are a lot of top notch players [named] who are very talented. But I am a talented player myself and close and play very well at a very good level. I just want to get the opportunity.

“Every player wants to play for their country and for me there is nothing more I wanted to do.”

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