Coleman slams 'substandard' Andorra pitch after Wales win

Wales survived an early scare to get their European Championship qualifying campaign off to a winning start against Andorra.

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Andorra's pitch given green light for Wales game

Gareth Bale in training at Cardiff ahead of Andorra game. Credit: FAW

Wales' opening Euro 2016 qualifier next Tuesday will go ahead on Andorra's 3G pitch.

The surface was subject to close inspection by UEFA officials, but a Football Association of Wales spokesman confirmed during a player media session on Tuesday afternoon that the pitch had been given the green light.

Had that not happened, the game was set to have been moved to Barcelona.

Wales will look to begin their qualifying campaign in flying fashion, especially given the presence of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey in manager Chris Coleman's squad.

Wales train for Andorra but pitch issue not resolved

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Adam Matthews out of Wales qualifier

Wales's Adam Matthews takes a throw in Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Celtic's Adam Matthews has become the latest player to withdraw from Chris Coleman's Wales squad to face Andorra in the opening Euro 2016 qualifier next Tuesday.

Injury to the defender means a call up for Cardiff City's Declan John from the Under 21's.

Matthews joins Reading forward Hal Robson-Kanu and West Ham defender James Collins who have also withdrawn through injury.

Meanwhile a decision on whether the qualifier will go ahead at Andorra's new national stadium is expected to be made by UEFA today.

UEFA officials have been carrying out pitch inspections over the weekend and have called for more tests of the surface before a final decision is made.

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Decision over Wales qualifier in Andorra due in 24 hours

Estadi Comunal D'Andorra La Vella Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

The Football Association of Wales have confirmed a decision will be made in 24 hours on whether Wales' opening Euro 2016 qualifier with Andorra can go ahead at the new national stadium.

UEFA will carry out further tests on Andorra's 3G artificial surface today before making a decision on where the game will be played.

If improvements have not been made after the last inspection on the weekend then the game could be moved to a different country with Spain thought to be an option.

Andorra have been playing their homes at the Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella.

An FAW spokesperson has thanked fans travelling to Andorra for their patience.

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Robson-Kanu withdraws from Wales squad

Hal Robson-Kanu, Wales Credit: Adam Davy/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Readings Hal Robson-Kanu has withdrawn from Wales' squad to face Andorra in the opening Euro qualifier next week.

Robson-Kanu hasn't played since injuring his knee during a pre-season friendly with Stevenage.

22 year-old uncapped Reading team mate Jake Taylor is called up in place of Robson-Kanu who joins West Ham defender James Collins on the sidelines.

Collins out of Wales squad with hamstring injury

West Ham defender James Collins has withdrawn from the Wales squad set to play Andorra due to injury. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Wales international James Collins has withdrawn from the squad's Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra. The Football Association of Wales says the West Ham defender is suffering from a hamstring injury.

He's been replaced by Newcastle United's Paul Dummett for the match on 9th September.

Newcastle United's Paul Dummett has been called up to the Wales squad for the Andorra game. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

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UEFA Euro 2016: Wales squad to face Andorra named

The Wales squad has been announced for the forthcoming UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra.

Coleman to announce Euro 2016 qualifier squad

Wales manager Chris Coleman believes the 'holy grail' of qualifying for a major tournament is within reach if he can play his best team in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

The campaign starts in Andorra on 9th September, but it is the games against group favourites Belgium and Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as Israel and Cyprus which will determine whether Wales make it to France in 2016

Wales haven't qualified for a major final since the World Cup of 1958.

But, there is real hope this time that Coleman can turn that around by guiding a talented group of players to an expanded 24-team championship.

We're going into it with enthusiasm. Expectations are always high and it's all to play for. The holy grail for us is to qualify and we've got a chance to do that over 10 games with a little bit of luck. That's the objective.

– Chris Coleman, Wales manager

Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale heads the list but Coleman can also call on the likes of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, Liverpool's Joe Allen and Swansea skipper Ashley Williams.

The squad will be announced later today.

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