Brian Barry-Murphy says Luke Matheson’s England Under-18 call-up is a reward for the work the youngster has put in.
The full-back has been selected for their three international matches in October, and the Dale boss is delighted for him.
“It’s great recognition for everyone associated with the Club,” said Barry-Murphy.
“It’s very exciting times for our Academy graduates to come through and represent us at national level. Whichever national level that is, is great recognition for the Club.
“It’s hugely rewarding for Luke and the work that he’s put in. It’s very much the work that he’s putting in on a daily basis, which is exceptional. He’s applying himself in all different aspects of his game.
“The rewards are there for all to see in terms of his call-up to represent his country.”
Rhys Norrington-Davies has also been called up for international duty, and he will join up with the Wales Under-21 squad after Saturday’s game against AFC Wimbledon.
“It’s a great sign of the group of players that we have players who are being called up to their countries.
“The standards that have been instilled in the squad, I think it gives the rest of the players huge pride.
“When it was announced that both players were called up for their respective countries, the admiration and goodwill towards them from the whole squad was great to see.
“That group mentality and that bond, and wanting to raise standards and take it to the next level, is something that I’ve always wanted to see and it’s great to be part of. It’s the players who are driving that forward and is something that bodes well for the future.”