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FRIENDLY: Wales 1 Australia 2

Wales v Australia: Photo by David Rawcliffe/PropagandaWALES 1 AUSTRALIA 2
Defeat for Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium against the Socceroos.

Gary Speed’s Wales side suffered their fourth defeat in five games ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro in September.

Wales v Australia: Photo by David Rawcliffe/PropagandaAustralia ranked 22nd in the current FIFA World rankings proved too strong for the home side, as two goals either side of half time gave the visitors a comfortably 2-0 lead, despite a late Darcy Blake goal, the Socceroos held on for the victory.

Full Time: Wales 1 Australia 2.
Att: 6,378.

The FAW confirms that the match does go ahead the FAW has been in regular contact with the South Wales Police and there are no issues at this time.

The squad have reported to the team Hotel ahead of the game (Sunday). Owain Tudor Jones (Inverness) added to squad. Out are Sam Vokes (Wolves - ankle injury), Andrew Crofts (Norwich City - ankle injury) and James Collins (Aston Villa - back injury). Ched Evans will not play he has an ankle problem.

Ticket news: Just over 5k (Monday 8th), allocation for Away supporters is just under 2k.

Gareth Bale is set to make his first appearance for Wales in 10 months against Australia . [9 Aug 11].
Socceroos Brett Emerton and Luke Wilkshire are expecting a tough test from Wales. [9 Aug 11].
Brett Holman has been ruled out. [8 Aug 11].
Ticket news update. [8 Aug 11].
Andrew Crofts is doubtful for friendly. [6 Aug 11].

Gary Speed makes impact at Eisteddfod. [5 Aug 11].

Original Wales squad:
Gary Speed has named a 25 man squad for the Vauxhall friendly international against the Qantas Socceroos.

Wayne Hennessey (Wolves), Boaz Myhill (loan Birmingham City).

Defenders: Darcy Blake (Cardiff City), Danny Collins (Stoke City), James Collins (Aston Villa), Neal Eardley (Blackpool), Danny Gabbidon (QPR), Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Adam Matthews (Celtic), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

Midfielders: Joe Allen (Swansea City), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Collison (West Ham United), Andrew Crofts (Norwich City), Andy King (Leicester City), Joe Ledley (Celtic), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), David Vaughan (Sunderland).

Forwards: Craig Bellamy (Manchester City), Robert Earnshaw (Cardiff City), Ched Evans (Sheffield United), Steve Morison (Norwich City), Sam Vokes (Wolves).

Stand by players: Lewis Price (Crystal Palace), Craig Morgan (Preston North End), Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City), Ashley Richards (Swansea City), Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic), David Cotterill (Swansea City),Andy Dorman (Crystal Palace), Owain Tudur Jones (Inverness), Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace).

Speed on Bellamy: "I would imagine Craig will be champing at the bit. He has been training but he hasn't had many games so hopefully that will be the case. We will see how he goes. If he is able to get through the 90 minutes, which I am sure he would like, then great. If he can't, we will make a change" -source menmedia.

updated: Tue, 9 Aug, 2011 17:56 UK.

The Football Association of Wales has confirmed that Wales will play a friendly international against Australia on Wednesday, August 10th. According to reports on the web there are call ups for Danny Gabbidon and David Vaughan. Match to be played at the Cardiff City Stadium, kick off 7:45pm.

Australia squad:

Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck has selected a squad of 18-players: PLAYERCLUBCAPS AND GOALS Tim CAHILL Everton, ENGLAND 52 (23) Luke DeVERE Gyeongnam, KOREA REPUBLIC Brett EMERTON Blackburn Rovers, ENGLAND 86 (17) Adam FEDERICI (gk) Reading, ENGLAND 4 (0) Brett HOLMAN AZ Alkmaar, HOLLAND 48 (6) Mile JEDINAK Crystal Palace, ENGLAND 26 (2) Neil KILKENNY Bristol City, ENGLAND 9 (0) Robbie KRUSE Fortuna Dusseldorf, GERMANY 7 (1) Scott MCDONALD Middlesbrough, ENGLAND 24 (0) Matt MCKAY Brisbane Roar, AUSTRALIA 16 (0) Lucas NEILL Uncontracted 72 (0) Mark SCHWARZER (gk) Fulham, ENGLAND 89 (0) Matthew SPIRANOVIC Urawa Red Diamonds, JAPAN 6 (0) James TROISI Kayserispor Kulubu, TURKEY 5 (1) Carl VALERI U.S. Sassuolo Calcio, ITALY 38 (1) Luke WILKSHIRE FK Dinamo Moscow, RUSSIA 59 (4) Rhys WILLIAMS Middlesbrough, ENGLAND 5 (0) Michael ZULLO FC Utrecht, NETHERLANDS 4 (0)

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