Liverpool Star Joe Allen To Captain Wales Against The Netherlands

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Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen will captain Wales in Wednesday night’s friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

The 24-year-old will skipper his country because injury-troubled Swansea City defender Ashley Williams is being rested.

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, who scored match-winning goals in the Champions League final and FA Cup final respectively, would have been leading candidates to take the armband from Williams.

However, the superstar duo are also missing from Chris Coleman’s squad, which includes uncapped Manchester United midfielder Tom Lawrence.

“I had no qualms about asking Joe,” manager Coleman told BBC Sport.

Wales are on a four-game unbeaten run, having won against Macedonia and Iceland, and drawn with Belgium and Finland.

Wales squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Connor Roberts (no club), Owain Fon Williams (Tranmere Rovers)

Defenders: Chris Gunter (Reading), James Chester (Hull City), Paul Dummett (Newcastle United), Danny Gabbidon (Crystal Palace), Declan John (Cardiff City), Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley), Ashley Richards and Neil Taylor (both Swansea City)

Midfielders: Joe Allen (Liverpool), Emyr Huws (Manchester City), Owain Tudur Jones (Hibernian), Andy King (Leicester City), Tom Lawrence (Manchester United), David Vaughan (Sunderland), Jonathan Williams and Joe Ledley (both Crystal Palace).

Forwards: Simon Church (Charlton Athletic), Jermaine Easter (Millwall), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) and George Williams (Fulham).

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