Wales announce FIFA World Cup Play-Off squad, including Bale and Ramsey
Rob Page has announced his 26-man squad for Cymru’s World Cup play-off semi final vs Austria next week.
The match takes place on March 24th at the Cardiff City Stadium, as Wales fight to reach their first World Cup since 1958.
Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are amongst the big names to make the squad.
Page will hope the influential duo can stay injury-free as they face an Austrian side ranked 23rd in the world.
Despite the call up, Bale has played just two games for Real Madrid since Wales’ last match in November – whilst Ramsey has only started two games for Rangers since arriving from Juventus on loan.
Fans will hope players of their calibre can hit the ground running, as they possess the ability to do so.
Kieffer Moore, Danny Ward, Tyler Roberts and James Lawrence all miss out on selection for the semi-final.
Ward was Wales’ starting keeper at Euro 2020, whilst also playing a crucial role in their World Cup group games and previous Nations League ties.
He has since undergone knee surgery, so will miss the semi-final.
In-form James Lawrence misses out with a thigh injury, and recovers back at St Pauli.
Striker Kieffer Moore broke his foot in his Bournemouth debut in February, after moving to the Cherries from Cardiff. He misses the play-off as a result.
Youngster Rubin Colwill has been the star of Cardiff City recently, scoring 5 goals so far this season from midfield – and secures a place in the squad with his impressive form.
Cymru: Wayne HENNESSEY (Burnley), Adam DAVIES (Stoke City), Tom KING (Salford City), Ben DAVIES (Tottenham Hotspur), Joe RODON (Tottenham Hotspur), Ben CABANGO (Swansea City), Ethan AMPADU (Venezia- On loan from Chelsea), Chris MEPHAM (Bournemouth), Neco WILLIAMS (Fulham- On loan from Liverpool), Rhys NORRINGTON-DAVIES (Sheffield United), Connor ROBERTS (Burnley), Chris GUNTER (Charlton Athletic), Dylan LEVITT (Dundee United- On loan from Manchester United), Aaron RAMSEY (Rangers- On loan from Juventus), Rubin COLWILL (Cardiff City), Joe MORRELL (Portsmouth), Will VAULKS (Cardiff City), Joe ALLEN (Stoke City), Harry WILSON (Fulham), Jonny WILLIAMS (Swindon Town), Gareth BALE (Real Madrid), Brennan JOHNSON (Nottingham Forest), Mark HARRIS (Cardiff City), Daniel JAMES (Leeds United), Sorba THOMAS (Huddersfield Town), Rabbi MATONDO (Cercle Brugge- On loan from Schalke 04).
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