Brennan Johnson’s star is very much on the rise, with the Nottingham Forest starlet already being backed to find himself at the centre of an international tug-of-war.

A Battle of Britain is being mooted in the Mirror.

Wales vs England for the right to call a sought-after asset their own.

Who will prevail?

Will there even be an argument?

Time will tell.

For now, though, the 18-year-old is very much Wales’ to lose.

Born and raised in Nottingham during father David’s spell at the City Ground, Johnson initially plumped for England.

Outings were taken in with the Young Lions at U16 and U17 level, before then switching to the Dragons and accepting an U19 call-up.

Another step up the ladder has been taken, with a debut goal recorded in an U21 bow against Belgium.


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That effort has seen Johnson’s stock rise, with a wider audience suddenly starting to take note of his potential.

Those on Trentside have been aware of it for some time.

And like Wales, the hope is that they will continue to be the ones to benefit from the ability of a teenage talent being tipped for the top.

In Forest’s case, they have a contract in place and no desire to even consider a sale.

Life is a little trickier for Wales, but U21 boss Paul Bodin believes fast-tracking Johnson could work in their favour.

He has said in the Nottingham Post of a route to a first senior competitive cap which would end any debate regarding allegiances to England: “Players do get taken out (from the age-grade teams) and moved up to the seniors quite quickly.

“That’s one of the big pulling factors we have when players can possibly play for one or two other nations.

“We explain the pathway to them and they see it visually themselves. Sometimes we can lure them to come and play for us.

“Whether you are with the 17s, 19s or 21s, you want to see that pathway into the first team.



“It’s a platform from their clubs to progress at international level and hopefully a lot of them step up.

“That has happened without a shadow of a doubt in abundance over the last few years. If players are good enough, they will be progressed quite quickly.”

Which throws any decision back into the hands of Johnson.

It is not one he needs to make yet, with international recognition a reward for progress and performance at club level.

For now, David’s lad needs to earn more minutes on Trentside.

Should they arrive, then a springboard can be found.

Where that will catapult him to remains to be seen.

His dad, who represented England B, won four caps for Jamaica so a precedent has been set.

Maybe the Reggae Boyz are another that need to be added to the mix.

For now, though, the discussion is Wales or England, St David or St George?

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