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24 Mar 2011 01:43:45

Mark Bowen's guide to Wales players who could face England

Former Wales assistant boss Mark Bowen gives a run-down on Gary Speed's likely first choice XI for the sell-out Group G clash against England at the Millennium Stadium. Wayne Hennessey (Wolves) Goalkeeper, Age 24, Caps 29 A Premier League keeper at a relatively young age. And Wayne (right) will get better, too, because he wants to learn. He is 6ft 5in and strong in the air. But what I like about him most is that he covers his whole goal area well. No weak link. Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest) Defender, Age 21, Caps 25 Has found his feet after leaving Spurs, at club level with Nottingham Forest and with Wales. It did take him a while to adjust to the Championship after being with such a big club but he has performed solidly for Billy Davies this year. He is now far more consistent. James Collins (Aston Villa) Defender, Age 27, Caps 37 I like him a lot. Solid, dependable. A leader in the back line. Fitness may be a problem because his calf injury will be tested. I've seen plenty of 'Ginge' in the last six months and he will need to keep his concentration at Premier League levels, as it has been hit-and-miss on occasion with Wales recently. Ashley Williams (Swansea) Defender, Age 26, Caps 24 Always seven or eight out of 10. People will be looking closely at Swansea City if they are promoted to the Barclays Premier League, wondering if Williams can step up. People are saying really good things about him. This will be an acid test. Danny Gabbidon (West Ham) Defender, Age 31, Caps 43 Back in the squad at Gary Speed's request. I feel he will want Danny's experience at left back, despite the fact that he hasn't been having the greatest time at West Ham this season. Having been a centre half, he will tuck in around Williams at the far post if Andy Carroll thinks he can capitalise there. Joe Ledley (Celtic) Midfield, Age 24, Caps 35 Joe (right) may be asked to play a more defensive role in front of the back four. He can get forward to good effect at times and has probably played in more positions for his country than anyone else. Decent energy. Will be looked at to provide a platform for Ramsey and the rest to get forward. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) Midfield, Age 20, Caps 11 One reason why Gareth Bale has not shone as much for Wales as he does for Spurs is that he sees more of the ball for his club. With Aaron in the side, that should change. Was sensational in what turned out to be his last international against Scotland before suffering that injury. I'm not the only one who thinks he still has a big, big future. David Vaughan (Blackpool) Midfield, Age 28, Caps 21 What I call 'a short passer'. Unlikely to play too many defence-splitters but Vaughan is neat, tidy and keeps things ticking over. Is clearly playing at the top of his game with Blackpool and is oozing confidence. Gareth Bale (Tottenham) Midfield, Age 21, Caps 27 Needs little introduction after a stellar season. Wales's big issue will be getting the ball to him where he can cause damage. Players who can run distances at pace with the ball are like gold-dust and Bale is in that category. His battle with Glen Johnson could prove pivotal to the outcome. Craig Bellamy (on loan to Cardiff from Man City) Forward, Age 31, Caps 59 May have been out of the headlines but, if he is fit and well, on his day he can be a handful for any defence on the planet. If Wales' big players and he is one have a good day, then they will cause England problems. Steve Morison (Millwall) Forward, Age 27, Caps 4 If Steve had an extra yard of pace, I'm sure he would be in the Barclays Premier League by now. Has a keen eye for goal, is a good finisher and has an advantage in that none of England's defenders will have played against him. Works as hard as anyone which will be vital.  Crouch: England have to find a way to stop my Spurs mate BaleLampard fears England axe as Capello considers advanced role for Wilshere Milner: Forget fuss over Terry... it's just business as usual for EnglandSeven former England captains on why donning the armband means the world to them  Explore more:People: Gary Speed, Craig Bellamy, Glen Johnson, Andy Carroll, Danny Gabbidon, Billy Davies, Wayne Hennessey, Gareth Bale Places: Cardiff, United Kingdom, Wales, Scotland


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