Liverpool’s Neco Williams Receives First Wales Call-up

Liverpool’s Neco Williams and Ben Cabango of Swansea have received their first senior international call-ups by Ryan Giggs for Wales’ UEFA Nations League games next month.

Cabango impressed for Swansea throughout last season whereas Williams has enjoyed a break through season as he helped Liverpool to their first Premier League title in 30 years, despite making just 11 appearances in all domestic competitions.

Chris Mepham therefore misses out in defence as he focuses on rebuilding fitness ahead of the new season for Bournemouth, who are beginning life back in the championship after relegation last month.

Giggs meanwhile has recalled Matthew Smith and Jonny Williams despite failing to help Charlton avoid relegation from the Championship last month, with Smith having missed their final Euro 2020 qualifier against Hungary in November, whereas Williams missed both games plus last October’s clash against Croatia.

Joe Allen therefore misses out along with Sam Vokes who was omitted from the forward selection in favour of Hal Robson-Kanu who has reversed his decision to retire from international football.

Wales will visit Finland on 3 September (7:45pm BST) before hosting Bulgaria at Cardiff City Stadium just three days later on 6 September 2:00pm BST)

Here is full Wales squad for UEFA Nations League matches against Finland and Bulgaria.

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Adam Davies (Stoke City), Tom King (Newport County)

Defence: Chris Gunter (Reading), Ashley Williams (Bristol City), Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), Tom Lockyer (Charlton), James Lawrence (Anderlecht), Ben Cabango (Swansea), Neco Williams (Liverpool), Conor Roberts (Swansea)

Midfield: Aaron Ramsay (Juventus), Harry Wilson (Liverpool), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Daniel James (Manchester United), Will Vaulks (Cardiff City), Matthew Smith (Manchester City), Joe Morrell (Bristol City), Dylan Levit (Manchester United), Jonny Williams (Charlton), David Brooks (Bournemouth)

Forwards: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Tyler Roberts (Leeds United), Kieffer Moore (Cardiff), Rabbi Matondo (Schalke), Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion)

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