Wales announce squad to face Costa Rica

In a triple squad announcement at St David’s Hotel on Monday, Wales named their 24 man squad for the Gary Speed Memorial Match against Costa Rica at the Cardiff City Stadium on 29 February.

The only change of note is the return of Bolton fullback Sam Ricketts.

The 30 year old has recently returned to first team action at the Reebok Stadium following a lengthy spell out with an achilles injury, and with 42 caps to his name, adds more experience and options to an already strong squad.

Household names such as Ashley Williams, Craig Bellamy, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are all included as well as the hugely gifted Joe Allen, who has started Wales’ last four games.

On standby is 17 year old Blackburn Rovers fullback Adam Henley who has recently broken into Steve Kean’s first team at Ewood Park.

Also announced today was the Wales Under 21s squad to face Andorra, also on 29 February at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, in an important qualification match.

Adam Henley is named in that squad along with Swansea City fullback Ashley Richards, who is expected to captain the side.

In addition to these, the Wales Women’s Team squad was announced by manager, Jarmo Matikainen ahead of their participation in the Algarve Cup from 29 February – 7 March.

Matikainen has named two uncapped players in Cardiff’s Kayleigh Green and Watford’s Sarah Wiltshire.


Wales Squad to face Costa Rica on 29 February:

Wayne Hennessey (Wolves), Boaz Myhill (West Brom, on loan at Birmingham), Lewis Price (Crystal Palace), Darcy Blake (Cardiff), James Collins (Aston Villa), Danny Gabbidon (QPR), Chris Gunter (Nott’m Forest), Adam Matthews (Celtic), Sam Ricketts (Bolton), Neil Taylor (Swansea), Ashley Williams (Swansea), Joe Allen (Swansea), Gareth Bale (Tottenham), Jack Collison (West Ham), Andrew Crofts (Norwich), David Edwards (Wolves), Joe Ledley (Celtic), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), David Vaughan (Sunderland), Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Robert Earnshaw (Cardiff), Steve Morison (Norwich), Sam Vokes (Wolves, on loan at Brighton)

Wales Under 21 Squad to face Andorra on 29 February:

Chris Maxwell (Wrexham), Rhys Taylor (Chelsea, on loan at Rotherham), Tom Bender (Colchester), Troy Brown (Rotherham, on loan at Aldershot), Kieron Freeman (Nott’m Forest), Adam Henley (Blackburn), Ashley Richards (Swansea), David Stephens (Hibernian), Billy Bodin (Swindon), Ryan Doble (Southampton), Elliott Hewitt (Macclesfield), Jake Howells (Luton), Lee Lucas (Swansea), Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury), Jake Cassidy (Wolves), Elliott Chamberlain (Leicester), Robert Ogleby (Wrexham), Jake Taylor (Reading, on loan at Exeter)


Wales Women’s Team squad for the Algarve Cup, 29 February – 7 March:

Nicola Davies (Rochdale), Rhian Nokes (Cardiff), Kylie Davies (Chelsea), Kayleigh Green (Cardiff), Sophie Ingle (Chelsea), Nia Jones (Cardiff), Hayley Ladd (Arsenal), Helen Bleazard (Chelsea), Katie Daley (Chelsea), Loren Dykes (Bristol Academy), Michelle Green (Bristol Academy), Angharad James (Arsenal), Jayne Ludlow (Arsenal), Jessica Fishlock (Bristol Academy), Sarah Wiltshire (Watford), Natasha Harding (Bristol Academy), Gwennan Harries (Everton), Hannah Keyakopolis (Liverpool), Helen Lander (Chelsea), Amie Lea (Cardiff)