Squad details correct
up to and including Wales' match against Republic
of Ireland on
8 February 2011.
Friday, 18 March 2011 - Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale are in Wales boss Gary Speed's squad to face England. Midfielder Ramsey has not featured for Wales since suffering a double leg break playing for Arsenal in February 2010. Bale missed last month's 3-0 Nations Cup defeat to the Republic of Ireland with a back injury but is fit again. James Collins (calf) and Robert Earnshaw (hamstring) are included. There are also call-ups for Swansea City trio Ashley Williams, Joe Allen and Neil Taylor - the latter two are new inclusions from the original squad that was due to face Ireland. Goalkeepers Wayne Hennessey, Boaz Myhill and Lewis Price will battle it out for the number one jersey with Wolves stopper Hennessey preferred in the last outing. Stoke's Danny Collins and Blackpool's Neal Eardley along with West Ham's Danny Gabbidon, Chris Gunter of Nottingham Forest and Bristol City's Lewin Nyatanga join Williams and Taylor as Speed's defensive options. James Collins is a doubt though with a calf injury and will miss Aston Villa's home match with Wolves on Saturday but could be fit in time to face England. The 27-year-old, who is a contender for the Wales captaincy, was disciplined by Villa on Thursday following an incident during a team bonding exercise. Bolton defender Sam Ricketts is out for the rest of the season after an Achilles operation.
Also available for selection in midfield are Norwich's Andrew Crofts, Leicester's Andy King, Joe Ledley of Celtic and Blackpool's David Vaughan. But West Ham's Jack Collison has yet to return from the knee surgery he had in May 2010 to repair cartilage damage. Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards (back) is also out. Forest striker Earnshaw has been named by Speed despite being ruled out for three to four weeks with a minor hamstring tear, as he wants him to be part of the squad. Reading duo Simon Church and Hal Robson-Kanu join Cardiff City striker Craig Bellamy - on loan from Manchester City - Ched Evans of Sheffield United, Millwall's Steve Morison and Coventry's Freddy Eastwood as the attacking options. Speed has yet to name his captain, but says he has decided on who it is.
For the first time in five and a half years, the Wales football team have sold out the Millennium Stadium. The Football Association of Wales has already confirmed all 69,000 tickets for Speed's first home and first competitive game have been sold.
Sunday, 20 March 2011 - James Collins has delayed joining up with Wales' squad. The Aston Villa centre-back and Welsh captaincy candidate has a calf injury and will remain at Villa for treatment. Gary Speed hopes the 27-year-old trains with Villa and joins his squad on Monday as Collins is key player in the centre of his defence. Speed has called up on-loan Sheffield United striker Sam Vokes as a hamstring injury forces Rob Earnshaw to miss out. Collins missed Aston Villa's home defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday because of the problem but Speed hopes his calf injury will ease so he will be fit in time. Speed has already lost Sam Ricketts for his first home and first competitive game as the Bolton Wanderers full-back is out for the rest of the season after an Achilles operation. Now Nottingham Forest striker Earnshaw's absence has been confirmed after he suffered a hamstring tear while Swansea midfielder Joe Allen is nursing a shoulder knock - but Allen hopes to be passed fit.
Thursday morning, 24 March 2011 - Gareth Bale is out of Wales' Euro 2012 qualifier against England after suffering a hamstring injury. The Football Association of Wales says in a statement the injury was suffered before Bale joined the Wales squad. The 21-year-old Tottenham Hotspur winger did not train on Wednesday. "Due to a hamstring problem, Gareth Bale has had to withdraw from the Wales squad to face England. He felt tight last week during training with his club. After playing 90 minutes on Saturday he felt some muscle tightness. Initially, this was expected to be muscle soreness after playing his first game. On joining up with the Welsh squad he was kept off his feet in training for two days to recover. As he still felt tight in the warm-up on Tuesday, Gareth was pulled out of the session. He did not train at all on Wednesday and was sent for a scan. The scan revealed that Gareth Bale picked up his injury last week."
Gary Speed has received better news over defender James Collins who has been passed fit to face England.
Thursday afternoon, 24 March 2011 - Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will captain Wales on Saturday. The 20-year-old has not played for his country since the 3-0 win over Scotland in November 2009. But he has been out since suffering an horrific double leg-break playing for Arsenal against Stoke City in February 2010. "I thought about it a lot. As I have mentioned before, it is about the future and planning ahead. There were two or three candidates. I thought about what is best for the team going forward. I spoke to Aaron before making the decision and told him there were certain responsibilities and duties that would go with it, and to see if he was happy with it. I'm delighted and he was really happy. I made the decision because I thought it was best for the team and the future of the team." said Wales manager Gary Speed. Aston Villa defender James Collins and Swansea City's Ashley Williams had also been contenders for the Wales captaincy.