Toshack starts Euro plans
By Andrew Scurr. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Wales boss John Toshack has included three uncapped players in his squad for two upcoming friendlies.
Midfielder Owain Tudur-Jones and goalkeepers Jason Brown and Glyn Garner have all been called up by Toshack for the games against Basque Country and World Cup debutants Trinidad & Tobago at the end of May.
Toshack has struggled in the goalkeeping department this year and with Burnley's Danny Coyne injured, he hopes Brown and Garner will strengthen the talent at his disposal.
"We have problems in this department. Danny Coyne may not be fit even for the start of next season because of his knee problem, and we need to see what other goalkeepers we have around," Toshack said.
Sunderland's Danny Collins has not been considered, at the request of the player, but Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs will play his first away Wales friendly.
"I have had a long chat with Ryan, he understands how important these build-up games are to us in relation to the European qualifiers next season and he has said he is looking forward to the trip," he added.
There is still no place in Toshack's squad for Blackburn's Robbie Savage or Reading midfielder John Oster.
Wales squad for friendlies against Basque Country in Bilbao on May 20 and Trinidad and Tobago in Graz on May 27:
Jason Brown (Gillingham), Glyn Garner (Leyton Orient), Paul Jones (QPR), Lewis Price (Ipswich); James Collins (West Ham), Richard Duffy (Portsmouth), Danny Gabbidon (West Ham), Lewin Nyatanga (Derby), David Partridge (Bristol City), Sam Ricketts (Swansea); Andrew Crofts (Gillingham), Simon Davies (Everton), Carl Fletcher (West Ham), Owain Tudur Jones (Swansea), Jason Koumas (West Brom), Joe Ledley (Cardiff), Paul Parry (Cardiff), Carl Robinson (Norwich), David Vaughan (Crewe); Craig Bellamy (Blackburn), David Cotterill (Bristol City), Robert Earnshaw (Norwich), Ryan Giggs (Man Utd)