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Hartlepool United striker Eifion Williams is one of four uncapped players named in the Wales squad for the friendlies with Norway and Canada.

Williams has received his first ever call-up to the Welsh squad and is reward for his good season with The Pools, which has seen him bag 14 goals.

Cardiff duo Martyn Margetson and James Collins and Bristol City's Christian Roberts are the other uncapped players named in the party.

Wales boss Mark Hughes has named the squad, assuming that Wales fail to get Russia removed from Euro 2004 for fielding Yegor Titov - who was later banned for drug abuse.

"I have picked a squad which assumes that we will not be involved in the Euro 2004 finals, that is the case at the moment until we go to Lausanne on Wednesday for our hearing with the Court of Arbitration for Sport," said Hughes (pictured).

"If the situation changes and we are put into the tournament, obviously I will have to make changes in the squad. But I want to see several younger lads who could be very important to our future development."

Squad in full: Paul Jones (Wolves), Danny Coyne (Leicester), Mark Crossley (Fulham), Martyn Margetson (Cardiff), James Collins (Cardiff), Mark Delaney (Aston Villa), Rob Edwards (Aston Villa), Andy Melville (West Ham), Danny Gabbidon (Cardiff), Robert Page (Sheffield United), Rhys Weston (Cardiff), Adrian Williams (Reading), Darren Barnard (Grimsby), Ben Thatcher (Leicester), Simon Davies (Tottenham), Carl Fletcher (Bournemouth), Gareth Roberts (Tranmere), Paul Parry (Cardiff), Robbie Savage (Birmingham), Jason Koumas (West Brom), Carl Robinson (Portsmouth), Gary Speed (Newcastle), David Vaughan (Crewe), John Oster (Sunderland), Robert Earnshaw (Cardiff), Neil Roberts (Wigan), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), Chris Llewellyn (Wrexham), Christian Roberts (Bristol City), Eifion Williams (Hartlepool).