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Bale on the bench against Serbia

Wales are fifth in their group. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The world's most expensive player Gareth Bale will not start against Serbia tonight but could come on as substitute if he is fit.

The Real Madrid star remains a doubt for the World Cup qualifier, despite taking a full part in training, hours after a scan on a groin strain.

Chris Coleman also has to decide who to name as Captain with Ashley Williams suspended.

Wales face Croatia in World Cup qualifier

Wales's Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring from the penalty spot during the 2014 World Cup Qualifier against Scotland Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Wales will face Croatia in the World Cup qualifier at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea tonight.

The squad need to win to keep their hopes of qualifying alive.

Yesterday Chris Coleman announced that midfielder Owain Tudor Jones will replace the suspended Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey. Ramsey was sent-off during the 2-1 win over Scotland.

Kick off will be at 19.45pm.


Wales squad for Scotland and Croatia games

  • Goalkeepers: Boaz Myhill, Lewis Price, Owain Fon Williams
  • Defenders: James Collins, Ben Davies, Chris Gunter, Joel Lynch, Ashley Richards, Sam Ricketts, Ashley Williams
  • Midfielders: Joe Allen, Jack Collison, Andy King, Joe Ledley, Aaron Ramsey, Daiv Vaughan, Jonathan Williams
  • Forwards: Gareth Bale, Craig Bellamy, Simon Church, Steve Morison, Hal Robson-Kanu, Sam Vokes

Uncapped Jonathan Williams in Wales squad

Jonathan Williams has impressed for Crystal Palace. Credit: PA

Chris Coleman has included midfielder Jonathan Williams in a near full-strength Wales squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Scotland and Croatia.

The 19-year-old midfielder has quickly become a much talked-about young talent in the Championship and even been linked with a move to Premier League holders Manchester City.

Captain Ashley Williams, Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale and Craig Bellamy are the leading names in a 23-man squad for the games at the end of the month.

Coleman to name squad to face Croatia and Scotland

Chris Coleman
Wales manager Chris Coleman is set to name his team this lunchtime Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Wales football manager Chris Coleman will name his chosen squad this lunchtime for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Croatia and Scotland.

Scotland host Wales at Hampden Park in Glasgow on 22 March and then Wales play Croatia at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on 26 March.


Tier three for Wales in World Cup draw

A defeat to Australia this weekend has put Wales in tier three for the 2015 World Cup pool draw.

Seedings are based on the current International Rugby Board world rankings with teams divided into five tiers of four. Italy, Tonga and Scotland are also in the same band as Wales.

  • Tier one is New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and France.
  • Tier two is England, Ireland, Samoa and Argentina.
  • Tier three is Wales, Italy, Tonga and Scotland.
  • Tier four is Oceania 1, Europe 1, Asia 1 and Americas 1.
  • Tier five is Africa 1, Europe 2, Americas 2, Repechage winner.

The identity of tier four and five countries will be confirmed after World Cup qualifying games. The competition run from September 18 to October 31, 2015, with Twickenham hosting the final.


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