Wales v England Update: Bale Out - Ramsay Team Captain

Gareth Bale

Saturday's upcoming match between Wales and England will be like a derby. With all the pre-match fanfare and hype - players, coaches and fans are eagerly anticipating the most exciting International game on the agenda this weekend. The teams are ready to scrap - and due to the unpredictable nature and passion of the fixture either Wales or England could emerge victorious.

There are some changes that have been announced this morning.

Gareth Bale has been determined not fit enough to play in Wales' Euro 2012 qualifier against England on Saturday. Bale has been unable to train in Cardiff. Scans last night confirmed he had suffered a hamstring injury before reporting for duty.

Wales reportedly accused Spurs of being "incompetent amateurs" after Bale was forced to pull out.

Other reports suggested Bale was injured during training yesterday and Raymond Verheijen, Wales' assistant manager, was furious, responding with a "incompetent amateurs" rant on his Twitter page.

“Just spoken with the people at Spurs as they thought ‘incompetent amateurs’ had something to do with them. ‘Incompetent amateurs’ are the people who put in the news that Gareth Bale got injured in training with Wales while he did not train at all", said Verheijen to bring clarity to the situation.

“The ‘breaking news’ this morning about Gareth’s hamstring injury made us look like a bunch of amateurs. We had to protect ourselves.”

Aaron Ramsey has been named long-term captain of the Wales squad by manager, Gary Speed.

Former Wales captain, Craig Bellamy, is out due to injury.

Speed said: "Aaron Ramsey will be captain. "I thought about it a lot.

"As I have mentioned before, it is about the future and planning ahead.

"There were two or three candidates. I thought about what is best for the team going forward.

"I spoke to Aaron before making the decision and told him there were certain responsibilities and duties that would go with it, and to see if he was happy with it.

"I'm delighted and he was really happy. I made the decision because I thought it was best for the team and the future of the team." 


Captain: Aaron Ramsay (Arsenal)

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Wolverhampton), Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion), Lewis Price (Crystal Palace).

Defenders: Danny Collins (Stoke), James Collins (Aston Villa), Neal Eardley (Blackpool), Danny Gabbidon (West Ham), Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City), Neil Taylor (Swansea), Ashley Williams (Swansea).

Midfielders: Joe Allen (Swansea), Andrew Crofts (Norwich), Andy King (Leicester), Joe Ledley (Celtic), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal, Captain), David Vaughan (Blackpool) 

Forwards: Craig Bellamy (Cardiff), Simon Church (Reading), Robert Earnshaw (Nottingham Forest), Ched Evans (Sheffield United), Freddy Eastwood (Coventry), Steve Morison (Millwall), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) .


Captain: John Terry (Arsenal)

Goalkeepers: Ben Foster (Birmingham), Robert Green (West Ham), Joe Hart (Manchester City) 

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Bolton), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Michael Dawson (Tottenham), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea, Captain), Kyle Walker (Aston Villa)

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Stewart Downing (Aston Villa), Matt Jarvis (Wolves), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), James Milner (Manchester City), Scott Parker (West Ham), Ashley Young (Aston Villa), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

Strikers: Darren Bent (Aston Villa), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Peter Crouch (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

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