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football news - April 2002.
| Following so many withdrawals
from the squad prior to the Czech Republic game in March, manager Mark Hughes faces the
loss of key players again.
Craig Bellamy has been told he will not play until next season, goalkeeper Paul Jones has
suffered a knee injury and Ryan Giggs' inclusion in the squad is dependent on Manchester
United progressing in the Champion's League, the manager has plenty to worry about.
The squad is named later during the week.
Sunday, April 28th 2002.
three days training at the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel, the U-21 squad looked comfortable and
a happy bunch of players under the watchful eye of coach Jimmy Shoulder.
With the emergence of talent like goalkeeper Jason Brown added to the outstanding skills
of Robert Earnshaw and Lee Fowler these get-togethers are vital for the younger players.
Last campaign there was a notable physical weakness in the side, but this time around
there is a physical presence with likes of James Collins, Mathew Rees and Jamie Tolley.
These sessions don't often happen according to the FAW, and because of financial
difficulties it is unlikely to happen again.
[ Wales U-21 news ]
Wednesday, April 17th 2002.
| With only one friendly match left before Euro 2004 Mark Hughes
insists the draw against the Czech Republic will be confidence booster for the qualifying
Wales start off in Finland on September 7th, with Italy at home next in October,
completing the year will be an
away trip to Azerbaijan in November. As Hughes has stressed, the defensive side of the
team is now solid, and with all attacking players fit and available the future looks good.
So what on Wales collecting a least 5 points from those games we will have to wait and
"It helps build
confidence before the Euro Championship qualifying campaign starts as the players do not
accept they are going to get beat . We showed we have a solid defensive base from which to
build on and we can be a threat going forward" - Mark Hughes.
Wednesday, April 3rd 2002.