Millwall’s Tom Bradshaw becomes the first squad to win Wales’ recall after five years without a Gareth Bale citation


Ales have named their first squad of the post-Gareth Bale era without a captain.

Rob Page has selected a 24-man squad for the opening games of Euro 2024 qualifiers against Croatia and Latvia, with Nice midfielder Aaron Ramsey defeating Tottenham defender Ben Davies to replace Bale as captain.

As well as the departure of record goalscorer Bale; Chris Gunter, Joe Allen and Jonny Williams have all retired from the international scene since Wales’ disappointing World Cup before Christmas, where they scored just once and finished bottom of their group.

Page has called up four non-caps to his squad for the trip to World Cup semi-finalists Croatia on March 25 and the home game against Latvia three days later.

Midfielders Jordan James and Ollie Cooper, who were present in Qatar but are not part of the official World Cup squad, are both included. Fulham youngster Luke Harris and Ipswich striker Nathan Broadhead are also included.

Tom Bradshaw returns after being named EFL Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for his fine form for Millwall in February.

The last of Bradshaw’s three appearances in Wales came at the China Cup in March 2018 but the 30-year-old has won a recall after scoring six goals in as many games.

David Brooks is absent after making his debut in the Bournemouth squad for the first time in 529 days after being diagnosed with cancer on Saturday. Brooks, an unused substitute in the Cherries’ 1-0 win over Liverpool, was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma on duty for Wales in October 2021 but announced he was cancer-free last May.

Wales are sweating over Brennan Johnson’s fitness after the in-form Nottingham Forest striker sustained an injury at Tottenham on Saturday. Johnson, who has scored seven goals since the World Cup, is due to suffer a groin strain this week.

Dundee United midfielder Dylan Levitt and Leeds striker Tyler Roberts, who is on loan at QPR, are both unavailable through injury. Cardiff pair Rubin Colwill and Mark Harris and MK Dons midfielder Matthew Smith are also absent after being included in the World Cup squad.

Full Welsh squad:

D Ward (Leicester), W Hennessey (Nottingham Forest), A Davies (Sheff Utd), C Roberts (Burnley), C Mepham (Bournemouth), J Rodon (Rennes, on loan from Tottenham), B Davies (Tottenham), T Lockyer (Luton), B Cabango (Swansea), N Williams (Nottingham Forest), W Burns (Ipswich), E Ampadu (Spezia, on loan from Chelsea), J Morrell (Portsmouth), J James (Birmingham) , O Cooper (Swansea), L Harris (Fulham), S Thomas (Blackburn, on loan from Huddersfield), A Ramsey (Nice), H Wilson (Fulham), B Johnson (Nottingham Forest), D James (Fulham, on loan from Leeds), K Moore (Bournemouth), T Bradshaw (Millwall), N Broadhead (Ipswich). Millwall’s Tom Bradshaw becomes the first squad to win Wales’ recall after five years without a Gareth Bale citation

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