The rapid rise of former St Ives Town striker Conor Washington continued last night.

The strike ace sampled his first taste of international football only three-and-a-half years after he was playing locally in the United Counties League.

Washington played the opening 45 minutes of Northern Ireland’s 1-1 friendly draw against Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium after being called dinto the squad for the first time. He qualifies through a grandmother.

The former postman, who now plays for Championship club Queens Park Rangers following a multi-million pound move from Peterborough back in January, could receive a second cap when Northern Ireland host Slovenia in another friendly fixture in Belfast on Easter Monday.