HARRY Vaughan will come back from international duty a better player. That is the view of Latics head coach Keith Curle.

When the number of injuries is still worryingly high, Curle would not have given permission for Vaughan to meet up with the Republic of Ireland Under 19s lightly, knowing the midfielder would miss Saturday's six-pointer with Mansfield.

But having enjoyed international honours himself as a player the former Manchester City and England defender says he would never stand in the way of one of his troops experiencing that environment.

And Curle says it will be vital for the young midfielder's development at domestic level as he seeks to manage expectations of himself and others.

"International duty is good for him," said the Latics chief.

"The biggest thing with Harry is he played (against Leeds United Under 21s in the Papa John's Trophy) and nothing went well for him. He came in Wednesday/Thursday and he was down and a bit annoyed, frustrated, feels he has let everybody down because he knows he didn't play well. Things we have told him he can improve.

"He wasn't as sharp and things didn't go to plan for Harry but that's the highs and lows that you are going to get.

"But Harry didn't let it affect him. He didn't let it fester. The next opportunity he grabbed it with both hands and scored a fantastic goal (against Harrogate).

"He is going to get disappointments but the making of a player is how you handle disappointment."

Vaughan made his international debut on Friday, as Republic of Ireland Under 19s played their first game in almost two years.

The 17-year-old came off the bench in the first of a friendly double header with Sweden, played in Marbella.

Ireland took an early 2-0 lead but were held to a 2-2 draw.

Vaughan went on to make his full debut in the second of their double header with Sweden yesterday, completing 84 minutes in a 1-1 draw.

Manager Tom Mohan is preparing for next month’s UEFA Under-19 European Qualifiers in Bulgaria, where they will face Bulgaria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Montenegro in their group.

And Vaughan has earned his opportunity thanks to some impressive performances for Latics, including his first senior goal scored in the 2-1 defeat at home to Harrogate Town last weekend.

It is the midfielder's first international call-up.