Squad update

Chris Coleman delayed naming his final 23 to the last moment to allow midfielder Joe Ledley time to recover from a broken bone in his leg.

Adam Matthews, Paul Dummett, Emyr Huws and Wes Burns were cut from the provisional squad when the final 23 was named.

Despite injury concerns, David Edwards was named in the 23, as was veteran midfielder David Vaughan as Coleman opted to take an extra midfielder.

Final squad


Name: Owain Fon Williams
Caps/goals: 1/0
Club: Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Sco)
Age: 29 (17.03.87)
Long-serving deputy to Hennessey. Plays guitar and paints in his spare time, and last summer held an exhibition in north Wales.

Wayne Hennessey
Crystal Palace (Eng)
Age 29 (24.01.87)
Firmly established as first choice, he possesses fine shot-stopping reactions and would have earned even more caps but for a year out with successive knee-ligament injuries.

Danny Ward
Liverpool (Eng)
Age 22 (22.06.93)
Impressed while on loan at Aberdeen earlier this season and has now established himself as secodn choice at Anfield.


James Chester
West Bromwich Albion (Eng)
Age 27 (23.01.89)
Came through the ranks at Manchester United before winning international recognition, while at Hull City, through a Rhyl-born grandmother.

James Collins
West Ham United (Eng)
Age 32 (23.08.83)
The veteran of the squad and the only one to make his debut under Mark Hughes. Not as comfortable on the ball as others but dominant in the air. Began his career with Cardiff City as a striker.

Ben Davies
Tottenham Hotspur (Eng)
Age 23 (24.04.93)
Left-back who has impressed after being pushed inside as a third centre-back during qualifying.

David Edwards
Wolverhampton Wanderers (Eng)
Age 30 (03.02.86)
Hard-working central midfielder who made his senior Wales debut in 2007.

Chris Gunter
Reading (Eng)
Age 26 (21.07.89)
Right-back who can also cover in the centre. Plays his club football at Championship level but has plenty of international experience.

Jazz Richards
Fulham (Eng)
Age 25 (12.04.91)
A midfielder who has has been converted into a full-back. One cousin, Tobias Webb, is a super-middleweight boxer and another, Eli Walker, is a Wales rugby union international winger.

Neil Taylor
Swansea City (Eng)
Age 27 (07.02.89)
Committed defender with natural passing ability he was born in St Asaph – the same birthplace as Ian Rush – and has Indian heritage through his mother, who is from Kolkata.

Ashley Williams
Swansea City (Eng)
Age 31 (23.08.84)
Captain who made his debut while in the English third-tier with Stockport County. Provides a mix of physical edge and classy distribution.


Joe Allen
Liverpool (Eng)
Age 26 (14.03.90)
Was Wales’ most expensive player before Bale. Sits deep, both as a defensive screen and a key man in possession. His brother, Harry, has represented Wales’ deaf side.

David Cotterill
Birmingham City (Eng)
Age 28 (04.12.87)
Much-travelled wideman who has hit form at Birmingham. His father, a huge Manchester United fan, named him David Rhys George Best Cotterill.

Andy King
Leicester City (Eng)
Age 27 (29.10.88)
Former Chelsea trainee, who qualified for Wales through parents or grandparents. A former Under 21 international with a natural attacking game who can be deployed wide or in midfield.

Joe Ledley
Crystal Palace (Eng)
Age 29 (23.01.87)
Combative and energetic, he who won three Scottish titles with Celtic. Made his debut in 2005 and his friendly goal against Holland in November was his first in five years.

Aaron Ramsey
Arsenal (Eng)
Age 25 (26.12.90)
Cardiff City’s youngest-ever player at 16 and Wales’ youngest captain at 20. Recovered from a terrible leg break to win successive FA Cups with Arsenal.

David Vaughan
Nottingham Forest (Eng)
Age 33 (18.02.83)
Combative midfielder who played in the Premier League for Sunderland. Made his senior debut back in 2003.

George Williams
Fulham (Eng)
Age 20 (07.09.95)
A natural attacker who was used wide in the qualifying campaign before suffering knee-ligament damage. Wanted by England before making his competitive Wales debut.

Jonny Williams
Crystal Palace (Eng)
Age 22 (09.10.93)
Nicknamed “Joniesta” by Palace fans on his emergence for his style of play and close control, he recovered from serious injury to play his role in qualification.


Gareth Bale
Real Madrid (Spa)
Age 26 (16.07.89)
The world’s most expensive player, he has deadly pace, power and left-foot accuracy to match. He is his country’s fifth leading scorer and is just nine behind record holder Ian Rush.

Simon Church
MK Dons (Eng)
Age 27 (10.12.88)
On loan to Aberdeen to get game time, he has suffered with injury problems but has a good work ethic. Scored three times against current England keeper Joe Hart in a two-legged under-21 play-off games in 2008.

Hal Robson-Kanu
Reading (Eng)
Age 27 (21.05.89)
England under-19 who switched allegiance to represent the land of his grandmother. A winger at club level, he has been transformed by Coleman into a striker whose mobility and work-rate provides space for Bale.

Sam Vokes
Burnley (Eng)
Age 26 (21.10.89)
The target-man option who has niow recovered from knee injury. Born in England, he made his debut for Wales under-21s in 2007 and scored after a record 36 seconds.