Allen in Wales squad

International Football – Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup – Qualifying Group A – Wales v Scotland


Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013, 13:23

Joe Allen has been included in the Wales squad for the matches against Scotland and Croatia despite a shoulder injury.

Allen’s Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers, had said the midfielder would require surgery on the injury which would keep him out for up to three months.

But Wales manager, Chris Coleman, has included Allen in his squad in the hope that the surgery will not take place before the matches at Hampden Park, Glasgow on 22 March and the Liberty Stadium, Swansea on 26 March.

Celtic defender, Adam Mathews, misses the matches because of a hamstring injury suffered during Celtic’s Champions League defeat to Juventus.

But Crystal Palace starlet, Jonathan Williams, has been included in the senior squad following his performances for his club in the Championship.

Williams was included in the senior squad for the first time under Gary Speed in October 2011 but broke his leg playing for the Wales under 21 side in Armenia the following month.

Since then the young midfielder has gone from strength to strength for his club and netted his first goal for Geraint Williams’ youngsters in their 3-0 friendly win over Iceland last month.

Wales squad to face Scotland and Croatia:
Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion), Lewis Price (Crystal Palace), Owain Fôn Williams (Tranmere Rovers); Ben Davies (Swansea City), James Collins (West Ham United), Chris Gunter (Reading), Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town), Ashley Richards (Swansea City – on loan at Crystal Palace), Sam Ricketts (Bolton Wanderers), Ashley Williams (Swansea City); Joe Allen (Liverpool), Jack Collison (West Ham United), Andy King (Leicester City), Joe Ledley (Celtic), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), David Vaughan (Sunderland), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace); Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City), Simon Church (Reading), Steve Morison (Leeds United), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), Sam Vokes (Burnley).