WALES 0 COSTA RICA 1
GOALS: Joel Campbell 7.
Defeat for Wales against Costa Rica in the Gary Speed Memorial International. On an emotional night in Cardiff, a goal after 7 minutes from Joel Campbell earned the visitors the win.
Wales line up:
Lewis Price, Chris Gunter, Adam Matthews, Andrew Crofts, Darcy Blake, Ashley Williams, David Vaughan, Craig Bellamy (CAPT), Steve Morison, Joe Allen, Hal Robson-Kanu.
Subs: Jason Brown, Sam Vokes, Neil Taylor, Sam Ricketts, Danny Gabbidon, Joe Ledley, Rob Earnshaw, Jack Collison.
Jason Brown (Aberdeen) has been called up with Wayne Hennessey out as well, he has a sore ankle.
Craig Bellamy will captain Wales in the absence of Aaron Ramsey. "For obvious reasons Craig will lead the side. He knew Gary better than anybody, he is a close friend of the Speed family and it seems only right that he should lead Wales on the night" - Osian Roberts.
The squad will train at the CCS on Tuesday 28th February at 4pm. Osian Roberts will hold a press conference earlier at 1:30pm, this at a different venue.
Wales captain Aaron Ramsey, will miss the match with Costa Rica. Aaron was injured for his club Arsenal against Stoke City and will not be available for selection. Boaz Myhill is a doubt, he has an achilles injury.
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- Earnshaw says we must maintain the winning habit [27 Feb 12]
Chris Coleman has announced the Wales squad to face Costa Rica.
Whilst this will be the first match for new manager Chris Coleman to be involved-in, he intends to ask coaches Osian Roberts and Reymond Verheijen to take charge of the team on the night.
David Vaughan is back in training after an ankle problem. [25 Feb 12]
There are currently slight injury doubts over Aaron Ramsey, David Vaughan and Joe Allen. [20 Feb 12]
Ramsey doubtful - bbc sport [21 Feb 12]
Wayne Hennessey (Wolves), Boaz Myhill (WBA) (loan Birmingham City), Lewis Price (Crystal Palace).
Darcy Blake (Cardiff City), James Collins (Aston Villa), Danny Gabbidon (QPR), Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Adam Matthews (Celtic), Sam Ricketts (Bolton Wanderers), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Ashley Williams (Swansea City).
Joe Allen (Swansea City), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Collison (West Ham United), Andrew Crofts (Norwich City), David Edwards (Wolves), Joe Ledley (Celtic), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), David Vaughan (Sunderland).
Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Robert Earnshaw (Cardiff City), Steve Morison (Norwich City), Sam Vokes (Wolves (Brighton & Hove Albion).
Stand by players:
Jason Brown (Aberdeen), Danny Collins (Stoke City), Neal Eardley (Blackpool), Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers), Craig Morgan (Preston North End), Ashley Richards (Swansea City), Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic), David Cotterill (Barnsley), Andy Dorman (Crystal Palace) (loan Bristol Rovers), Brian Stock (Doncaster Rovers), Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace), Ched Evans (Sheffield United).
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The Football Association of Wales has announced the staging of the Gary Speed Memorial match on Wednesday, February 29th 2012, kick off 7:45 pm.
Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto has named a 19 man squad.
COSTA RICA SQUAD:
Keilor Navas (Levante), Daniel Cambronero (Herediano)
Jose Salvatierra (Alajuelense), Michael Umaaa (Chivas) (USA), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls) (USA), Heiner Mora (Honefoss) (NOR), Junior Diaz (Wisla Krakow) (POL), Bryan Oviedo (FC Copenhagen) (DEN)
Randall Azofeifa (Genclerbirligi (TUR),Michael Barrantes (Aalesund) (NOR), Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Pablo Antonio Gabas (Alajuelense). Kenny Cunningham (Gainare Tottori (JPN)
Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) (ENG), Joel Campbell (FC Lorient) (FRA), Randall Brenes (Khazar Lankaran) (AZE), Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers) (USA), Jonathan McDonald (Kalmar) (SWE)
The opponents will be Costa Rica. Gary made his international debut for Wales against Costa Rica back in May 1990 at Ninian Park in Cardiff, and Wales won by a goal to nil.
Cardiff City Stadium will host the game . Tickets will be priced at ten pounds for adults and five pounds for juniors and senior citizens.
Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, January 11th and are available from the Cardiff City Ticket Office on 0845 345 1400 and online at www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk.
Ten per cent of all profits will go to charities.
This will be an opportunity to celebrate the life and achievements of a great servant to Welsh football both as a player and as a manager.
Ticket sales update: 19.3k sold - 28/02/2012 [source FAW]
Ticket sales update: 15.5k sold - 15/02/2012 [source FAW]
Ticket sales update: 3k sold - 12/01/2012 [source FAW]