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Newcastle defender Paul Dummett earns Wales recall

Paul Dummett has received a recall to the Wales national team from manager Ryan Giggs
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Newcastle defender Paul Dummett has returned to the Wales squad after ending his international exile.

Dummett told previous Wales manager Chris Coleman in May 2017 that he wanted to focus on his club career and he re-iterated that message to current boss Ryan Giggs at the start of this year.

But 26-year-old Dummett, who has won two caps, said earlier this month that he was keen to play for Wales again and Giggs has named him in his squad for the UEFA League of Nations games against the Republic of Ireland and Denmark.

Paul Dummett has received a recall to the Wales national team from manager Ryan Giggs

Paul Dummett has received a recall to the Wales national team from manager Ryan Giggs

WALES SQUAD IN FULL 

Ryan Giggs’s squad to face Republic of Ireland and Denmark:

Wayne Hennessey, Danny Ward, Adam Davies, Chris Gunter, Connor Roberts, James Chester, Ashley Williams, Chris Mepham, Tom Lockyer, Ben Davies, Paul Dummett, Ethan Ampadu, Joe Allan, Matthew Smith, Aaron Ramsey, Andy King, Joe Ledley, Harry Wilson, David Brookos, Tom Lawrence, Declan John, Ben Woodburn, Gareth Bale, Sam Vokes, Tyler Roberts

The call-up comes after the left back was handed the captain’s armband by Rafa Benitez on Sunday for Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat by Chelsea.   

Dummett’s two appearances have both been against Holland, his last appearance coming in a November 2015 friendly in Cardiff.

Giggs said: ‘It is a boost. I spoke to Paul when I took over and he wanted to focus on Newcastle at the time.

‘But I’ve had a chat with Paul and he’s in a good place now.

‘He’s playing regular and captained his boyhood club on the weekend.

‘I’m looking forward to working with him.’

Giggs will be without Hal Robson-Kanu, who has announced his decision to retire from international football after a 44-cap career.

Hal Robson-Kanu isn't in the squad after announcing his retirement from international football

Hal Robson-Kanu isn't in the squad after announcing his retirement from international football

Hal Robson-Kanu isn’t in the squad after announcing his retirement from international football

‘I spoke to him yesterday and it was a difficult decision for him,’ Giggs said.

‘He’s had a difficult six months, with the birth of his baby, and he wants to focus on his family and his club career.

‘He’s an icon in Welsh football with the goal he scored against Belgium and I wish him all the best.’ 

Wales skipper Ashley Williams has also been named in the 25-man squad despite problems at club level, which has seen the 34-year-old defender sent off on two of his last three starts.

Gareth Bale is back in the squad, and has been tipped to take the captain's armband soon

Gareth Bale is back in the squad, and has been tipped to take the captain's armband soon

Gareth Bale is back in the squad, and has been tipped to take the captain’s armband soon

Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu and Leeds striker Tyler Roberts are both included, as is Gareth Bale, who has been backed by former national team-mate Simon Davies to captain the side in the near future.  

‘Gareth is definitely a leader,’ Davies said.

‘You can just see he loves playing for Wales, and never misses a game if he’s not injured.

‘When Ash decides to call it a day I can’t see anyone taking over other than Gareth.’

 


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