City duo and Ward get Wales call up

Norwich City pair Robert Earnshaw and Carl Robinson have, as expected, been included in the Wales squad for next Tuesday's friendly against Liechtenstein at Wrexham.

Norwich City pair Robert Earnshaw and Carl Robinson have, as expected, been included in the Wales squad for next Tuesday's friendly against Liechtenstein at Wrexham.

But there was a surprise call-up for an ex-Canary, with Sunderland keeper Darren Ward, who played against his former side on Saturday, getting a fresh chance to impress.

Wales manager John Toshack has called in two extra goalkeepers to his squad but has assured veteran Paul Jones he still has a future with the national squad.

Toshack will be without Jones for "personal family reasons" for next week's match at the Racecourse and so has taken the opportunity to bring Ward into his squad for the first time while also recalling Burnley's Danny Coyne after a year-long knee injury.


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Ward, who left Norwich on a free transfer during the summer after limited opportunities at Carrow Road, has been given the chance to rekindle a Wales career that appeared to have fizzled out three seasons ago.

Toshack will use Blackburn's Jason Brown as his first choice against Liechtenstein but has made it clear Jones is not being punished for his howlers in the 5-1 defeat by Slovakia last month.

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"Paul hasn't been left out because he got his hair shaved for the last game or because of the five goals he let in but he is not available for the friendly next week for personal, family reasons,' said Toshack.

"He will still be involved with us in the future but I must look at other goalkeepers and this gives me my chance.'

However, Jones, 40 in April, could soon find himself fighting for the number one jersey if Coyne and Ward impress.

Toshack has also named Swansea's Owain Tudur-Jones, although the midfielder has been hit by another knee injury - having missed much of last season with a similar problem.

There is also an injury doubt over Crewe's David Vaughan (hamstring), although Toshack expects Craig Bellamy to have fully recovered from an ankle injury and West Ham's James Collins to be over an ankle problem.

The Wales manager has opted to give 20-year-old Wolves striker Craig Davies a chance to impress rather than bring in veteran striker John Hartson.

Ex-Canary Chris Llewellyn, now with Wrexham, has also been included.

Wales squad: Brown (Blackburn), Coyne (Burnley), Ward (Sunderland), Bale (Southampton), Collins (West Ham), Duffy (Coventry), Gabbidon (West Ham), Morgan (Wrexham), Nyatanga (Sunderland), Ricketts (Hull), Crofts (Gillingham), S Davies (Everton), Fletcher (Crystal Palace), Tudur-Jones (Swansea), Koumas (West Brom), Ledley (Cardiff), Robinson (Norwich), Vaughan (Crewe), Bellamy (Liverpool), Cotterill (Wigan), Earnshaw (Norwich), C Davies (Wolves), Giggs (Man Utd), Llewellyn (Wrexham), Parry (Cardiff).

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