Coleman names Wales squad

Date published: Monday 26th January 2015 2:42

Coleman names Wales squad

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale and Arsenal playmaker Aaron Ramsey both feature in a 23-man squad which will take on the Group B leaders at a sold-out Cardiff City Stadium on Friday, June 12.
Leicester midfielder Andy King returns after serving a two-match ban for his red card in the qualifier against Cyprus last October, while Newcastle defender Paul Dummett and Celtic’s Adam Matthews are included after injury.
Tottenham full-back Ben Davies misses out after dislocating his shoulder at Southampton last month and West Ham centre-back John Collins is also absent after picking up a calf strain 10 days ago.
Jonathan Williams (groin), Emyr Huws (knee) and George Williams (ankle) are also unavailable.
Belgium, who lead Wales by goal difference alone, named their squad last week and included Chelsea pair Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois but are without suspended captain Vincent Kompany.
On the form of Bale, who received criticism from Real Madrid fans at various points throughout a tought campaign, Coleman said: “It was a tough season for Madrid and Baley’s the most expensive player in the world.
“I watched Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez all having tought times but all everyone wanted to talk about was Baley. He’s a man, Gareth, and he’ll cope with that.
“He’ll be better for that. Tougher. It won’t be a problem. Every time he’s come away with us he’s never let us down.”
Wales squad: Goalkeepers:  Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Fon Williams (Tranmere), Ward (Liverpool).
Defenders: Williams (Swansea, capt), Chester (Hull), Gunter (Reading), Taylor (Swansea), Dummett (Newcastle), Matthews (Celtic), Richards (Swansea), Henley (Blackburn),
Midfielders: Allen (Liverpool), Ledley (Crystal Palace), Ramsey (Arsenal), King (Leicester), Vaughan (Nottingham Forest), MacDonald (Bournemouth), Cotterill (Birmingham).
Strikers: Robson-Kanu (Reading), Lawrence (Leicester), Bale (Real Madrid), Church (Charlton), Vokes (Burnley).
Watch Wales v Belgium on June 12, live on Sky Sports 5 from 19:00

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