Williams fears for his Welsh chances

GAVIN Williams fears he may never get another chance to shine for Wales while John Toshack remains in charge.Pontypridd-born Williams has won two caps for Wales agaisnt Slovenia and Cyprus in 2005.

By Derek Davis

GAVIN Williams fears he may never get another chance to shine for Wales while John Toshack remains in charge.

Pontypridd-born Williams has won two caps for Wales agaisnt Slovenia and Cyprus in 2005. He has been called up for subsequent squads but injury has meant he could not play and it appears Toshack's patience has run out with the Ipswich midfielder.

Williams admitted: “John Toshack has not been too happy with me but I can assure everyone it has been a genuine injury.


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“It is his decision who to pick and I just have to get on with it.

“Perhaps he thought I have pulled out because I didn't fancy the journey down to Wales or whatever. But the truth is I love playing for my country so that has made it an even more frustrating time.

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“I have trained all week and then played on the Saturday and then struggled again but it was a genuine injury. I had the operation and then it has not been right.”

International managers have been getting firmer with clubs and players who cry off with injury and then play the following league game.

Plymouth and Southampton both felt the wrath of Lawrie Sanchez when Tony Capaldi and Chris Baird respectively did not play for Northern Ireland through injury and were then banned from playing for their club within five days under a FIFA ruling.

Williams is not the only one who appears to be frozen out, with Lewis Price also omitted from the squad that recently played San Marino and the Republic of Ireland, as they struggle in the European Championship qualifying group.

Williams said: “Wales are struggling a bit which is hard when we do have a lot of quality players. But it is strange that players like Robbie Savage and John Oster have not been named either and they should be in squads.”

Williams added: “I'm training more now and have played a couple of games and the injury feels fine. My priority to get back playing regularly and training each session with reaction.”

Wales are also considering calling up Southend United striker Freddie Eastwood after discovering one of his grandparent's hails from Llanelli.

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