Tudur Jones eyes Wales chance

Canaries midfielder looking forward to international opportunity

Tudur Jones: Determined to make most of late call-up

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Midfielder Owain Tudur Jones is determined to make the most of his late call-up to the Wales national side.

The out-of-favour Norwich player has not represented his country in two years, but has benefited from the numerous injuries and withdrawals which have affected Gary Speed's squad.

He is in contention to feature in this week's Carling Nations Cup matches in Dublin, where Wales will take on Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Tudur Jones spent the second half of the season on loan at Brentford as Canaries boss Paul Lambert had found other midfield options, but is now in line to make his first appearance for the national team since winning the last of his four caps as a substitute against Azerbaijan in Baku in June 2009 during a 2010 World Cup qualifier.

With manager Gary Speed keen to share the load of two matches in three days, there is every chance he will get a run out.

"I thought I was on my summer holidays and enjoying a bit of golf and to get the late call was very unexpected, but it is certainly something to look forward to," said the 26-year-old.

"Gary Speed and his staff are trying to stamp their own authority on the squad and trying to mould the squad into the way they want it to perform.


"It's enjoyable to be a part of that and just to see it because sometimes when you are looking from the outside you don't necessarily see all the details.

"It's nice to be involved in this new set-up. There is enough young talent and potential within the squad to create something pretty special over the next few years."

Tudur Jones is looking forward to showing Wales coach Speed what he is capable of over the next week.

He added: "It is an opportunity to see what everybody can do - not just the games, but getting a good week's training under our belts and a bit of togetherness, which is important for a small nation like Wales.

"We obviously lack some strength in depth in terms of players and maybe the facilities that other nations have got, so we have to find the extra percentages in other places.

"I think if you can get a good balance where there is a bit of banter flying about and you get the feel you normally get at your club that will be an important thing for this squad."