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Depleted Wales beat Macedonia

Wales beat Macedonia 1-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium. Simon Church was the scorer, and Aaron Ramsey missed a late penalty.

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Recalled Collins set to start for injury-depleted Wales

Defender James Collins is set to go straight into the Wales team to face Macedonia, after meeting Chris Coleman earlier this week to resolve a dispute over whether Collins rejected a call to go on stand-by for the squad last month.

With Wales suffering from an injury crisis, Collins was called into this squad, and trained with his teammates on Wednesday.

16-year-old Liverpool midfielder Harry Wilson was also included.

The experienced Collins will help to ease Wales' injury problems. Credit: PA

10 players from the 23-man squad originally named by Coleman have pulled out through injury.

Gareth Bale, Joe Allen, Joe Ledley, Andrew Crofts, Adam Matthews, Ben Davies, Danny Gabbidon, Sam Ricketts, Jack Collison and captain Ashley Williams are all missing.

The tournament in Brazil next summer is yet another which Wales have missed out on, after just two wins from eight qualification games.

Macedonia can't qualify for the World Cup either, but both sides can still leapfrog Scotland and perhaps Serbia, to finish higher in the group.

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