Earnshaw & Lynch in Wales squad for Bosnia-Hercegovina friendly

Rob Earnshaw
Rob Earnshaw

Cardiff striker Rob Earnshaw and Huddersfield defender Joel Lynch have been called up to the Wales squad for the friendly with Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Earnshaw and Lynch replace injured West Ham duo James Collins and Jack Collison for the game at Llanelli.

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale is in the squad after missing the friendly defeat to Mexico with back and ankle injuries.

New Cardiff City signing Craig Bellamy is also selected by manager Chris Coleman.

Bellamy is joined by Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Neil Taylor, who all played for Great Britain at the Olympics.

Wayne Hennessey and David Vaughan are missing through injury.

"I don't think there's any major surprises," said Coleman.

"We've left one or two back at their clubs so they are guaranteed of playing longer, getting more minutes under their belts because there are one or two injuries from last season."

First-choice goalkeeper Hennessey is recovering from a torn cruciate ligament and appears unlikely to be fit for the opening 2014 World Cup qualifiers at home to Belgium on 7 September and away to Serbia four days later.

"We've got a problem with the goalkeeper situation," added Coleman.

"We think big [Wayne] Hennessey's not going to be available so we need [Boaz] Myhill and [Lewis] Price.

"I'm looking to start Myhill against Bosnia."

Coleman had revealed he was considering asking Cardiff City defender Ben Turner and Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross if they were interested in playing for Wales.

Both England-born players are eligible for Wales, but neither have been included in this squad.

Joe Ledley and Darcy Blake return after injury prevented them from facing Mexico, but there is no place again for Danny Gabbidon.

The squad is due to meet up in Cardiff on Sunday, but Ledley and Adam Matthews will be late arrivals after playing a friendly for Celtic against Real Madrid in Philadelphia.

"It's a big game Bosnia, they're a good team," said Coleman.

"Obviously it's the last time we're going to get together before we kick off the campaign.

"We see it as a good, strong squad."

Wales squad

Goalkeepers: Jason Brown (Aberdeen), Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion), Owain Fon Williams (Tranmere Rovers)

Defenders: Darcy Blake (Cardiff City), Chris Gunter (Reading), Adam Matthews (Celtic), Sam Ricketts (Bolton Wanderers), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Ashley Williams (Swansea City), Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town)

Midfielders: Joe Allen (Liverpool), Andrew Crofts (Brighton & Hove Albion), David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Joe Ledley (Celtic), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)

Strikers: Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City), Simon Church (Reading), Steve Morison (Norwich City), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), Sam Vokes (Burnley), Rob Earnshaw (Cardiff City)

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