Gareth Bale named in Wales squad for opening Euro 2020 qualifier

Gareth Bale has been named in a 31-man squad for Wales’ opening Euro 2020 qualifier despite missing Real Madrid’s last game due to injury.

Rotherham midfielder Will Vaulks is called up for the first time as James Chester and Andy King miss out through injury.

Ryan Giggs

Aston Villa defender Chester has not played since the end of January because of a knee problem, while Leicester midfielder King will not play again this season after damaging an ankle during a loan spell at Derby.

Ryan Giggs’ squad meet Trinidad & Tobago in a Wrexham friendly on March 20 before starting their Euro 2020 campaign against Slovakia in Cardiff four days later.

Giggs confirmed Ashley Williams will remain as Wales captain during their Euro 2020 campaign.

The 34-year-old defender is on loan at Championship side Stoke from Everton.

“He will be captain – as long as he in the squad,” Giggs said.

The Wales boss also explained the decision behind the team┬átraining at Manchester United’s Carrington, as Colliers Park at Wrexham is not ready.

“It was a no-brainer in my head,” Giggs added. “I want the best preparation for international football. The players were unanimously behind it.”

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