Following the young Welsh side’s 4-0 drubbing by Poland on Friday, manager Jimmy Shoulder has reacted by placing his faith in the versatile Hillier for the potentially tougher assignment against Ukraine.
Hillier, who has made three substitute appearances for the under-21s, can operate in virtually any defensive position. Our reserve team captain finished the season playing in central defence for Theo Foley’s side following the promotion of Anthony Gardner to the senior ranks.
Ukraine U21: Startsev, Passichnichenko, Shershun, Sviderskly, Shevchuk, Bilozor, Berezovchuk, Monarev, Akopian, Molokutsko, Zapoyaska. Subs: Rudenko, Komarnitskyy, Bielik, Smalko, Skoba.
Wales U21: Jason Jones, Hillier, Price, Gabbidon, Day, Valentine, Stephen Thomas, Gibson, James Thomas, Earnshaw, Maxwell. Subs: Whitfield, Green, DeVulgt, Slatter, Tolley.
Referee: J Hlaca (Czech Republic).
Ian Hillier makes his full under-21 debut for Wales against the Ukraine in Kiev on Tuesday evening.