Wales – Near full strength squad for key Belgian tie named

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Wales manager Chris Coleman has named an almost full strength squad for the country’s vital Euro 2016 qualifying fixture against Belgium on 16 November. BBC Sport contains the details of the team announcement that features Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, Liverpool’s Joe Allen and Real Madrid’s superstar Gareth Bale.

Wales fans have the unusual situation of topping their qualification group heading into this tie following a successful start since September this year. Wales have played 3 matches and with 2 wins and a draw have 7 points, 1 point ahead of Israel who have played twice and 3 clear of November’s opponents Belgium who have also played twice.

This group of players has been labelled “the golden generation” by media and Welsh fans alike. Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen though were both major losses for the fixtures against Bosnia and Cyprus but return now after recovering from injury. The midfield pairing are thought to be certainties to start, especially with Leicester’s Andy King suspended and Wolves’s David Edwards injured.

At the back Adam Matthews, James Collins and Sam Ricketts return to the line up but the squad does still lack up top. Simon Church of Charlton is injured but some Wales fans won’t mind because of his recent poor performances. Sam Vokes of Burnley still isn’t fit to return from his serious injury meaning young George Williams of Fulham is expected to lead the strike force, supported by the world’s most expensive player Gareth Bale.

Wales fans, are you confident for the crucial away clash against Belgium?

By Gareth Thomas | November 6th, 2014