Gareth Bale:Wales Name Real Madrid Forward In Squad For Final Euro 2020 Qualifiers
5 November 2019 Sport
Forward Gareth Bale has been named in Wales’ squad for their decisive Euro 2020 qualifiers, despite not playing for Real Madrid since his country’s 1-1 draw with Croatia last month.
Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey is also included after missing October’s internationals with injury.
Wales need to win in Azerbaijan on 16 November and then beat Hungary at home to have any chance of qualifying.
They also rely on Slovakia dropping points in their remaining two matches.
Bale finished the 13 October game against Croatia in Cardiff limping, and was said by Wales manager Ryan Giggs to be suffering from cramp. However, the 30-year-old has not been named in any Real Madrid squad since returning to Spain.
Zinedine Zidane, the La Liga giants’ boss, said last week that Bale is “back out on the pitch working to get fit again”, but has not specified what his injury is.
Ramsey, 28, has not featured at all for Wales this season because of several long-running fitness concerns.
His last appearance for his country was in November 2018, but he has recently come off the bench in two Serie A games for Juventus.
FC St Pauli’s James Lawrence also returns but Wales will be without fellow defender Joe Rodon, as well as midfielders Dave Brooks and Jonny Williams, who are all injured.
Joe Allen is suspended for the trip to Azerbaijan but will be available for the final game against Hungary in Cardiff on 19 November.
Wales boss Giggs has also named two uncapped players in the squad: Manchester United’s teenage midfielder Dylan Levitt and former United centre-back Regan Poole.
The 21-year-old MK Dons player was called up as a replacement last month when Chris Mepham withdrew before the 1-1 draw in Slovakia.