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Wing wizard James recalled by Giggs after compassionate leave

2019-05-29 12:20
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Cardiff - Swansea starlet Daniel James, who has been linked with Manchester United, can advance his case for such a high-profile move after being called up for Wales's Euro 2020 away matches with Croatia and Hungary.

The 21-year-old winger missed a training camp in Portugal following the death of his father but Wales manager Ryan Giggs will be expecting him to play a key role against World Cup finalists Croatia and the Hungarians on June 8 and 11 respectively.

James sparkled for Swansea in the second-tier Championship last season but with the club wanting to offload players -- having already sold many following relegation from the Premier League last year -- he is seen as one of their cash cows.

Wales's one world-class player Gareth Bale will be a little rusty given that he has fallen out of favour with Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and has not kicked a ball in anger for a month.

Giggs, whose side won their opening Group E match against Slovakia, also recalled several players who were involved in the Championship play-off final on Monday.

Harry Wilson and Tom Lawrence are called up after missing training camp so they could play in Aston Villa's Championship play-off victory against Derby at Wembley.

Liverpool's 19-year-old midfielder Ben Woodburn has been called up despite missing the Portugal trip due to his involvement as a Liverpool squad member in Saturday's Champions League final against Tottenham.

Giggs though is without key man, Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury, and Spurs defender Ben Davies who has a groin issue.

Young Manchester United midfielder Dylan Levitt and Barnsley pair Ben Williams and Kieffer Moore earn first call-ups whilst Swansea defender Joe Rodon is the only other uncapped player selected.

FULL WALES SQUAD:

Goalkeepers

Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Leicester City), Adam Davies (Barnsley)

Defenders

Chris Gunter (Reading), Chris Mepham (Bournemouth), James Lawrence (Anderlecht/BEL), Ashley Williams (Everton -- on loan at Stoke), Neil Taylor (Aston Villa), Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Joe Rodon (Swansea City), Ben Williams (Barnsley)

Midfielders

Connor Roberts (Swansea City), Dylan Levitt (Manchester United), Joe Allen (Stoke City), Matthew Smith (Manchester City), Will Vaulks (Rotherham), Louis Thompson (Norwich City), Terry Taylor (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Forwards

Rabbi Matondo (Schalke 04/GER), Dan James (Swansea City), Ben Woodburn (Liverpool), Harry Williams (Derby -- on loan from Liverpool), David Brooks (Bournemouth), George Thomas (Scunthorpe -- on loan from Leicester City), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid/ESP), Sam Vokes (Stoke City), Kieffer Moore (Barnsley)

 

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