Gareth Bale named in Wales squad for friendly against Republic of Ireland

Updated: 07 August 2013 17:46 IST

Bale has not played for Spurs since a 1-1 draw against Swindon Town on July 16, having been ruled out of their subsequent pre-season fixtures due to injury.

Gareth Bale named in Wales squad for friendly against Republic of Ireland

London:

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale, strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid, was on Wednesday named in the Wales squad for next week's friendly against the Republic of Ireland.


Bale has not played for Spurs since a 1-1 draw against Swindon Town on July 16, having been ruled out of their subsequent pre-season fixtures due to injury.

He sat out Spurs' most recent friendly, a 5-2 loss to Monaco at the weekend, with a foot problem.

"I am sure with what is going on in terms of the transfer, there is a lot on his mind and Tottenham's mind," said Wales manager Chris Coleman.

"Unless we are told that he is unavailable, we will just do what we've always done, and that is expect him to be there. You have to look at it and say 'OK, there is a lot going on.'

"When you play football like he does -- he is very dynamic, very powerful and unbelievably quick -- you are going to pick up niggles, nothing major. It is nothing that we are worried about. If it was serious, then we would have known before now."

Coleman has also called up Cardiff City forward Craig Bellamy and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, who missed most of last season with two separate knee ligament injuries.

Wales are due to tackle Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff next Wednesday, ahead of the resumption of their World Cup qualifying campaign away to Macedonia next month.

Wales squad

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Wolverhampton Wanderers/ENG), Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Owain Fon Williams (Tranmere Rovers/ENG)

Defenders: Ben Davies (Swansea City), James Collins (West Ham United/ENG), Danny Gabbidon (Crystal Palace/ENG), Chris Gunter (Reading/ENG), Adam Matthews (Celtic/SCO), Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers/ENG), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Ashley Williams (Swansea City)

Midfielders: Joe Allen (Liverpool/ENG), Jack Collison (West Ham United/ENG), Andy King (Leicester City/ENG), Joe Ledley (Celtic/SCO), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal/ENG), David Vaughan (Sunderland/ENG), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace/ENG)

Forwards: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City), Simon Church (Charlton Athletic/ENG), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading/ENG), Sam Vokes (Burnley/ENG)



Topics : Gareth Bale Football Real Madrid Tottenham Hotspur
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