The match against the
Basque Country is not a full international. Caps will not be
awarded to players.
Craig Morgan and Richard Duffy were not
considered for selection due to minor injury issues. Jason Brown (Gillingham)
has returned home after the birth of his second child.
Wales on Monday to join the Under 21 squad for the match with Estonia in
Wrexham on Wednesday will be: Lewis Price, Craig Davies, Craig
Morgan, Andrew Crofts, Gareth Bale. Richard Duffy will return home on
Tuesday after a slight recurrence of a knee injury.
Jason Brown has returned
to the UK following the birth of his second child. He
is expected to rejoin the Wales party for the second
match in Austria. Please note that no international
caps will be awarded for the game with the Basque country.
There are also doubts over Richard Duffy and Danny Gabbidon.
Following changes to the squad for the match, out are
Jason Koumas (personal reasons), Sam Ricketts (play-off match) and Owain Tudur
Jones (play-off match). Into the squad come Craig Davies, Craig Morgan and
Gareth Bale. Paul Parry has withdrawn,
he has not completely recovered from a
knee injury sustained with Cardiff
City. He will not be replaced in the
PLEASE NOTE: Kick Off has been confirmed for
20.15hrs local time. The FAW will write to all fans who have booked tickets
today. Refunds will be issued to all supporters who are unable to attend
the match. Fans who are able to attend will have to collect their tickets from
me in Bilbao (by the time the new tickets are printed it will be too late to
post them). Full details will be in the letter i'm hoping to send everyone
Lucy - FAW (Ticket office) - posted 11.05.2005
It has been agreed
reluctantly that the representative match between the
Basque Country and Wales will now be played on Sunday
21st May 2006 at the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao. The
original date agreed with the Basque Federation was
24 hours earlier on the Saturday. Kick off time is to
be confirmed but will be in the evening.
has come about due to the Spanish League being granted
permission by FIFA to extend their domestic season by
one week following a knock-on effect after the postponement
of one of the recent key La Liga games.
Association of Wales has worked closely with the Basque
Federation to minimise the disruption that the change
of date will cause for the travelling Welsh supporters.
The situation has however, been caused by circumstances
beyond the control of both sides. - info from FAW
|John Toshack names 23-man squad for for the matches with the Basque Country and
Trinidad & Tobago. With no standby players to be named, players from the
Under 21 squad are expected to be called up if there are any
Goalkeepers: Jason Brown, Glyn
Garner, Paul Jones, Lewis Price
Defenders: James Collins, Richard Duffy,
Danny Gabbidon, Lewin Nyatanga, David Partridge, Sam
Midfielders: Andrew Crofts, Simon Davies, Carl Fletcher, Owain
Tudur Jones, Jason Koumas, Joe Ledley, Paul Parry, Carl Robinson, David
Forwards: Craig Bellamy, David Cotterill, Robert Earnshaw, Ryan
Basque Country: Josu Sarriegi, Edu Alonso (all
Julen Guerrero, Joseba Etxeberria, Ismael Urzaiz, Fernando Llorente, Inaki
Lafuente (all Athletic Bilbao), Ivan Campo (Bolton), Cesar Cruchaga, Raul
García, Patxi Punal (all Osasuna), Asier Riesgo, Igor Gabilondo, Aitor Lopez
Rekarte, Mikel Alonso, Mikel Labaka, Javi Garrido, Xabi Prieto (all Real
|The Football Association of Wales has received confirmation from the Basque
Football Federation that Spain's request to FIFA to extend their domestic season
by one week has been denied. This follows representations by the FAW to
the Spanish FA and FIFA.
The Football Association of Wales was
particularly concerned that more than 300 Wales fans have already booked to
travel to Spain and most would have lost-out financially if the game had had to
be moved to a date in the following week, as well as missing the
This means that the match between the Basque Country and Wales
WILL go ahead as planned on Saturday 20th May 2006 at 21.30hrs (Local).
Due to the postponement of the Barcelona and Seville La Liga match recently, and
both clubs subsequent appearances in the Champions League and UEFA Cup Finals,
the Spanish FA has sought the approval of FIFA to extend their season by one
week. This would be in contravention of a FIFA Circular No: 950 (Issued
14 January 2006) that states that all top division matches and cup finals must
be completed by May 14th 2006. This ruling had been put in place to give
international players an opportunity to rest prior to appearing in the World Cup
Finals in Germany. If the request is approved, it would force the Basque
Football Federation to alter the date of the representative match with Wales,
originally scheduled for Saturday 20th May 2006 in Bilbao.
Association of Wales has therefore made representations to the Spanish FA,
Basque Federation and FIFA that this should not be allowed, and thus mean that
the original date for the match with the Basques could stand. The
Football Association of Wales is mindful of the large number of loyal Welsh fans
who will be travelling to Spain for the match and the problems and cost
implications it will cause for all concerned if the game has to be
rescheduled. Further information will be released when a decision has
been reached by FIFA. It is under- stood that this will be forthcoming this
evening at 6pm.
2 Wales - Game live on BBC 2 Wales