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Bellamy named in Wales squad

Craig Bellamy looks set to extend his international career after being named in Chris Coleman's Wales squad for the friendly with Mexico in New Jersey later this month.

Bellamy, 32, had been considering calling time on his Wales career following the death of former manager and close friend Gary Speed in November.

It had been thought that the Liverpool forward's appearance as captain in February's Gary Speed Memorial Match against Costa Rica would mark his 68th and last cap, but he now looks likely to continue playing into Wales' 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

While Bellamy is included there is no place for Aston Villa defender James Collins.

Collins fell out of favour towards the end of Speed's time in charge, with Cardiff's Darcy Blake becoming the preferred defensive partner for Swansea's Ashley Williams.

Danny Gabbidon and Rob Earnshaw also miss out on a place in the 23-man squad, while Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was unavailable due to his torn cruciate ligament, meaning Chelsea's Rhys Taylor is handed his first call-up.

The meeting at the MetLife Stadium will effectively be manager Coleman's first match in charge of his country.

The former defender took a back seat role against Costa Rica to allow assistant Osian Roberts, who had been part of the set-up under Speed, to take control of that fixture.

And he has been able to name a strong squad which includes Tottenham winger Gareth Bale and captain Aaron Ramsey, both of whom are in contention for a place in the Team GB Olympic squad.

The clash with Jose Manuel de la Torre's side will be a stern test for Wales with Mexico lying 21 places above them in the FIFA World Rankings in 20th place.

After meeting Mexico, Wales play host to Bosnia-Herzegovina in August before beginning their World Cup campaign against Belgium in September.

Wales squad to play Mexico at the MetLife Stadium, New Jersey on Sunday, May 27

J Brown (Aberdeen), L Price (Crystal Palace), R Taylor (Chelsea), D Blake, (Cardiff), N Eardley (Blackpool), C Gunter (Nottingham Forest), A Matthews (Celtic), S Ricketts (Bolton), N Taylor (Swansea), A Williams (Swansea), J Allen (Swansea), A Crofts (Norwich), D Edwards (Wolves), A King (Leicester), J Ledley (Celtic), A Ramsey (Arsenal, captain), D Vaughan (Sunderland), G Bale (Tottenham), C Bellamy (Liverpool), S Church (Reading), S Morison (Norwich), H Robson-Kanu (Reading) S Vokes (Wolves).


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