Football – Wales Squad Announcement
Sion Richards

Sion Richards

Sunday, 17 Mar 2019, 15:54

Ryan Giggs has named a 31-man squad for Wales’ first two games of 2019 – the international challenge match against Trinidad & Tobago (20/03/2019) at the Racecourse and the first EURO 2020 qualifier against Slovakia (24/03/19). Both games are live on S4C.

Will Vaulks earns his first call up into the Wales set-up after impressing the manager with his performances as captain for Rotherham United. Meanwhile Giggs has also confirmed that Ashley Williams will retain the Wales captaincy.

Neil Taylor returns to the squad as well as Ryan Hedges and Lee Evans, who were both involved in the run-up to the friendly against Mexico last June. Ben Davies also returns to the squad after missing the matches in November through suspension.

Wales will prepare for their first European qualifier with an international friendly match against Trinidad & Tobago. Dennis Lawrence the manager, a former Wrexham player, will make a welcome return to the Racecourse on March 20.

The game against Slovakia on March 24 will be their first match in the EURO tournament since reaching the semi-finals in 2016, where Ryan Giggs hopes to recreate the success of that fantastic summer in France.

Wales squad:
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Leicester), Adam Davies (Barnsley), Chris Maxwell (Charlton, on loan from Preston)

Defenders: Ashley Williams (Stoke, on loan from Everton), Chris Gunter (Reading), Neil Taylor (Aston Villa), Ben Davies (Tottenham), Connor Roberts (Swansea), James Lawrence (Anderlecht), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers), Chris Mepham (Bournemouth), Paul Dummett (Newcastle), Declan John (Swansea)

Midfielders: Ryan Hedges (Barnsley), Joe Allen (Stoke), David Brooks (Bournemouth), Ben Woodburn (Liverpool), Harry Wilson (Derby, on loan from Liverpool), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Matt Smith (FC Twente, on loan from Manchester City), Lee Evans (Wigan), Daniel James (Swansea), Will Vaulks (Rotherham), George Thomas (Scunthorpe, on loan from Leicester)

Forwards: Rabbi Matondo (Schalke), Sam Vokes (Stoke), Tom Lawrence (Derby), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Tyler Roberts (Leeds)