Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster Fabio Silva has posted on Instagram after making his debut for the Portugal U21s yesterday evening.
The teenager was selected to start by manager Rui Jorge against Belarus.
It was the team’s first qualifying match for the 2023 European Championships.
Silva featured in a strike partnership with Goncalo Ramos, and put in a decent performance in Amadora.
He had a number of chances to score, but couldn’t convert any of them on this occasion.
In the end though Portugal did win the game – Fabio Vieira’s penalty being the difference in a 1-0 victory.
Taking to Instagram, Silva said: “Very happy for the victory and my U21 debut.”
The post has drawn lots of messages of congratulations from fans.
It is a positive step for Silva to have finally turned out for the U21s, having previously played for the the U19s, 17s, 16s and 15s.
He obviously arrived at Molineux with big expectations given the reported £35.6 million transfer fee that was paid to FC Porto (BBC Sport).
To now be in the picture for them is encouraging, and hopefully he can eventually make the step up to the senior squad.
Silva can take confidence from Portugal debut
Becoming involved with the U21 side for his country will hopefully leave Silva feeling much more confident.
He did not have it easy last year when he was thrust into the side following the injury to Raul Jimenez.
It was never the plan for him to play as much as he did, and sometimes you could tell he was trying too hard and lacking a bit of confidence when things were not coming off.
Hopefully Silva will be a regular feature for his country and thrive. Just like former Wolves loanee Vitinha, who often tends to play well for the U21s.