Speed considers Jones Wales call

10 January 2011 12:53
Gary Speed is considering a request to ask Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder David Jones if he wants an international career with Wales.The dual-qualified 26-year-old had rejected previous Welsh approaches as Jones wanted to represent England. [LNB]But the former England under-21 player has failed to win a senior English call so new Wales boss Speed is weighing up a fresh approach for playmaker Jones. [LNB]"It is important we look at all options," Speed told BBC Sport. [LNB]The Welsh squad boast talented midfielders such as Premier League trio Aaron Ramsey, Jack Collison and Dave Edwards plus Joe Ledley of Glasgow Celtic. [LNB]Tottenham Hotspur left-winger Gareth Bale is one of the form players of the Premier League while Leicester City's Andy King and Joe Allen of Swansea City are performing well in the Championship. [LNB]While Speed has also asked Fulham midfielder Simon Davies to reconsider his decision to retire from international football. [LNB]But Wales' new manager, a former esteemed top-flight midfielder himself, hopes to add further strength to the Welsh engine room. [LNB]Jones was approached by the Football Association of Wales when he was a teenager at Manchester United during Mark Hughes' tenure. [LNB]The Southport-born player had revealed Wales and United legend Ryan Giggs has tried to persuade him to play for Wales. [LNB]But Jones, who qualifies for Wales due to his North Wales-born father, wanted to wait to see if he had an international future with England as he 'considered himself an Englishman.' [LNB]Now, though, Speed may ask if Jones - Wolves team-mates of Wales pair Wayne Hennessey and David Edwards - of if he wants a second chance of an international future with Wales. [LNB]"I'd would consider asking him to play for Wales," Speed confirmed. [LNB]"I know Dave was asked a few years ago about his availability and he wanted to keep his options open. [LNB]"We have two players at Wolves already so I'm sure we can try and chat to him. [LNB]"It is a very personal and big decision in his career. But I'm sure we'll be exploring all of the avenues." [LNB]Jones' one England's under-21 cap was coming on as a substitute in a 2-2 draw in Sweden in March 2004 [LNB]But Jones failed to break into the United first-team squad and left Old Trafford in 2007 in a £1m deal for Derby County. [LNB]He, however, failed to hold down a first-team place at Pride Park and joined Wolves in June 2008 for a reported £1.2m. [LNB]Jones, a regular in his first season at Molineux, has scored once in his nine starts for Wolves in the Premier League this season.

Source: BBC_Sport