Coleman considers Wales future

Wales manager Chris Coleman has revealed he is considering his future, as an agreed contract extension remains unsigned.

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Injured Williams included - but criticised Collins left out

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup called on his Wales counterpart Chris Coleman to give Ashley Williams time to recover from an ankle injury - but Williams has been included in the national squad.

Ashley Williams - captain for club and country - has been picked for Wales despite missing Swansea's game tonight with injury. Credit: PA

Coleman said: "Michael Laudrup will be looking after Swansea and I fully expect that. I have to look after Wales. If there's any chance we can have Ash we will. I'm sure he respects my priority is Wales."

"We won't take risks with players, it's not to our benefit to do that. If there is a chance we will push hard. The bottom line will be player. The player says he can or can't."

Despite Wales' injury problems, West Ham defender James Collins was not included in the 23-man squad.

James Collins has 41 caps for Wales, but is now out of favour. Credit: PA

Coleman criticised Collins after last month's defeat to Serbia, claiming he had turned down the chance to join up with the squad as a late replacement with Williams suspended and Sam Ricketts injured.

Collins insisted he would never turn his country down and that he had not received a message asking him to join up, but Coleman has now omitted him again.


Coleman contract extension remains unsigned

Coleman became Wales manager in January 2012, after Gary Speed's death. Credit: PA

Chris Coleman agreed a two-year extension to his contract as Wales manager prior to last month's defeats to Macedonia and Serbia - but the document remains unsigned.

He will go into Wales' final two World Cup qualifiers - against Macedonia and Belgium - with a raft of senior players either ruled out, or serious doubts, due to injury.

Gareth Bale was named in the 23-man squad released this morning, but won't play due to a thigh problem.

Coleman said he picked Bale as he was hopeful the 24-year-old would be able to play a part, but has since had it confirmed that the Real Madrid star is not fit.

Joe Ledley, Joe Allen, Andrew Crofts and Sam Vokes are also all suffering with injuries.

Coleman's decisions over two further defenders have also raised eyebrows.

Captain Ashley Williams has been selected despite his Swansea manager Michael Laudrup calling for him to be given time to recover from injury.

James Collins was not included, after Coleman claimed he had turned down the chance to join up with the squad last month.

Chris Coleman considering future as Wales manager

Wales manager Chris Coleman has revealed that he will consider his future as national boss during the next few weeks.

It is understood the Football Association of Wales have offered him a new contract, but Coleman says he is unsure if signing it would be the right thing to do.

Coleman suggested the delay is not solely down to the FAW wanting to wait and see how Wales fare in the upcoming qualification double-header and November's friendly against Finland.

"There are one or two little things that I need to discuss. We had a meeting on Monday and we touched on it," he said.

"Whatever the next results, I need to talk to some people. There are things both sides want to talk about."

"Football being football, I have learned from the last two games that perceptions change. Before the Macedonia game the contract was nearly done."

"But after two games against Macedonia and Serbia perceptions have changed. I have my own things I want to discuss."

Injured Bale named in squad but won't play for Wales

Gareth Bale has become Wales' talisman in recent years. Credit: PA

Wales manager Chris Coleman has revealed that Gareth Bale will not play a part against Macedonia or Belgium, despite naming him in his squad for the final two World Cup qualifiers later this month.

Bale has endured a frustrating start to his time at Real Madrid, and missed the Spanish's club Champions League match last night with a thigh injury.

Coleman said: "We have spoken to the doctor and we will be without him, but we said all along it is very tough for him to have had no pre-season and be thrown in at the deep end."

Wales captain Ashley Williams has also been named in the squad, despite his club manager at Swansea City, Michael Laudrup, warning that Williams needs a break as he is struggling with injury.

Full Wales squad to face Macedonia and Belgium

Wales face Macedonia at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday 11 October, and Belgium in Brussels on Tuesday 15 October.

They can no longer qualify for the World Cup in Brazil next summer, but manager Chris Coleman has emphasised the importance of a strong finish, to improve Wales' seeding for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

The full squad:

  • Wayne Hennessey, Glyn Myhill, Owain Fon Williams
  • Ben Davies, Danny Gabbidon, Chris Gunter, Adam Matthews, Samuel Ricketts, Neil Taylor, Ashley Williams
  • Joe Allen, Jack Collison, Andrew Crofts, Declan John, Andy King, Joe Ledley, Aaron Ramsey, David Vaughan
  • Gareth Bale, Craig Bellamy, Simon Church, Hal Robson-Kanu, Sam Vokes


Gareth Bale named in Wales squad despite injury

Bale has played for Real Madrid just three times due to injury. Credit: PA

Gareth Bale has been named in Wales' squad for their final World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium, despite his new club Real Madrid announcing that he has a thigh injury.

The 24-year-old, who became the world's most expensive player when he moved from Tottenham to the Spanish giants for £80m this summer, missed Madrid's Champions League match against FC Copenhagen last night - having been diagnosed with a muscle contracture in his left thigh.

There was no confirmation on how long the problem would sideline him for, but it was thought to be several weeks, and his inclusion in Chris Coleman's 23-man squad comes as a surprise.

Gareth Bale has been included in the Wales squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium, the Football Association of Wales has confirmed, despite missing Real Madrid's game against FC Copenhagen on Wednesday night because of injury. 031106 OCT 13

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