Wilson takes Lawrence’s place in Wales squad



Monday, 20 Mar 2017, 12:50

Ipswich Town midfielder, Tom Lawrence, has pulled out of the Wales squad to face the Republic of Ireland in Friday’s World Cup qualifier because of an ankle injury.

He has been replaced by Harry Wilson, who joins his young Liverpool team-mate, Ben Woodburn, in Chris Coleman’s squad.

Er cael ei eni yn Lloegr mae Woodburn, sy’n 17, yn gymwys i Gymru oherwydd taid Cymreig ac mae’r chwaraewr ymosodol eisioes wedi serenu i dimau dan-17 a dan-19 Cymru.

Since becoming Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer after netting for the Reds in the EFL Cup quarter finals against Leeds United in November, newspaper reports have surfaced suggesting England were interested in swooping for Woodburn.

But Coleman was quick to disregard the alleged interest from England as the reason for incluing Woodburn in the senior squad.

Video: Ben Woodburn starring for Wales under-19 against Luxembourg

“He’s here on merit,” said Coleman of Woodburn. “He’s been in our sysytem since he was 13. People have told us we need to be looking at Ben Woodburn but we’ve been looking at Ben for five years now.”

“We see Ben as an international player for Wales – we always have done.”

The only other uncapped player in the squad is MK Dons’ Joe Walsh who has been called up due to Newcastle’s Paul Dummett being injured and Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are included following a return from injury.

Coleman has also included youngstrs, Tom Lawrence and Tom Bradshaw.

“Ben (Woodburn), Tom Lawrence and Tom Bradshaw have been knocking on the door,” said Coleman. “Tom (Bradshaw) has been with us before, and he’s impressed me. I’ve watched him quite a few times with Barnsley, he’s been playing and doing very well there.”

Coleman also confimred that young Barnsley winger, Marley Watkins, was on the stand-by list for the game in Dublin.

“These players have earnt a call up to play for this national team in one of the biggest games that we’re going to have in this campaign,” added Coleman.

“It’s a huge challenge but I haven’t looked at the squad and thought this is definitely not a time where I want to experiment, I’ve just picked the best players that I think that are ready for this challenge.”

Carfan Cymru:
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennsessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town on loan), Owain Fon Williams (Inverness Caledonian Thistle).

Defenders: Ben Davies (Tottenham), James Chester (Aston Villa), James Collins (West Ham United), Joe Walsh (MK Dons), Chris Gunter (Reading), Jazz Richards (Cardiff City), Neil Taylor (Aston Villa), Ashley Williams (Everton).

Midfield: Joe Allen (Stoke City), David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Andy King (Leicester City), Harry Wilson (Liverpool), Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace), Shaun MacDonald (Wigan Athletic), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

Forwards: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion), Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley), Sam Vokes (Burnley), Ben Woodburn (Liverpool).

Republic of Ireland v Wales is LIVE on S4C Friday 24 March