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Collins returns to Wales squad after reconciling with manager Toshack

Collins returns to Wales squad after reconciling with manager Toshack

Defender Danny Collins was named in Wales' squad for a friendly against Northern Ireland next month after apologizing to manager John Toshack.
Collins was angry he'd been left on the bench in Wales' 0-0 draw with Paraguay in March 2006. Toshack said Collins had since apologized and may play in the Feb. 6 game in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
"He told me he didn't want to play for Wales again while I was manager, so I haven't picked him since," Toshack said Friday. "But after we played Liechtenstein in November he contacted me and said he had been hasty, what he'd said had been a mistake and he regretted it."
Toshack said he had picked Collins, who plays with League Championship team Sunderland, because of injuries to defenders James Collins, Danny Gabbidon and Mark Delaney.
Toshack also gave Wycombe striker Jermaine Easter his first call up to Wales after his displays in England's League Cup.
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Wales squad:
Goalkeepers: Paul Jones (Queens Park Rangers), Lewis Price (Ipswich), Darren Ward (Sunderland).
Defenders: Gareth Bale (Southampton), Danny Collins (Sunderland), Richard Duffy (Swansea), Steve Evans (Wrexham), Craig Morgan (Peterborough), Lewin Nyatanga (Derby), Sam Ricketts (Hull), Ryan Valentine (Wrexham).
Midfielders: Simon Davies (Fulham), Carl Fletcher (Crystal Palace), Jason Koumas (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Ledley (Cardiff), Carl Robinson (Norwich), David Vaughan (Crewe), Paul Parry (Cardiff).
Strikers: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Jermaine Easter (Wycombe), David Cotterill (Wigan), Craig Davies (Wolves), Chris Llewelyn (Wrexham).


Updated : 2021-02-26 12:21 GMT+08:00