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Monday, September 27, 1999 Published at 14:45 GMT 15:45 UK


Sport: Football

Johnson gets Welsh call-up

Davis Johnson: Nine goals for Ipswich this season

Ipswich's David Johnson has been called up to the Welsh international squad.


David Johnson : "Mark Hughes told me Wales are going places"
The in-form striker has already played for Jamaica and England's B-team, but could make it three nations in Wales' final Euro 2000 qualifier against Switzerland at Wrexham on 9 October.

Caretaker manager Mark Hughes was a Manchester United player when Johnson was given a free transfer from Old Trafford in 1995, having played in the same youth team as David Beckham, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt.

Hughes' assistant Eric Harrison was United youth team coach at the time, and both will have been aware of the striker's UK passport status.


[ image: Mark Hughes: Using his contacts as he bids to get full-time post]
Mark Hughes: Using his contacts as he bids to get full-time post
Johnson was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and qualifies for any of the home countries because he has a British passport but was born outside the UK.

It is the same route to the Welsh team taken by former internationls Eric Young and Pat Van Den Hauwe.

Current squad members Darren Barnard and John Robinson were born in Germany and Zimbabwe and qualified in the same way.

Johnson is currently top scorer in the First Division with nine goals so far this season.

He made two friendly appearances for Jamaica before the World Cup, and also played nine minutes as a substitute for England B against Russia in 1998.

It seems likely that Hughes will give Johnson at least a playing substitute's role in what is a full competitive match to tie him to Wales.

Hartson and Savage back

John Hartson and Robbie Savage are both back in the squad after withdrawing through injury from the win in Belarus.

Ryan Giggs has also been named, although his hamstring problem will surely mean his eventual withdrawal.

Two Nottingham-based keepers are in with County's Darren Ward selected as cover for Forest's Mark Crossley, who is recovering from injury.

Either could be on the bench as back-up to first choice Paul Jones.

Meanwhile Aston Villa's Mark Delaney will hope for a debut after missing out in the trip to Belarus.

The Under-21 squad to play Switzerland at Newtown on 8 October also has a surprise new name.

Chelsea's Cardiff born defender Danny Slatter has no previous international experience but plays for another of Hughes' former clubs.

Two uncapped Wrexham players, David Walsh and Stephen Thomas, are also in the under-21 party.

Full squad:

Jones (Southampton), Crossley (Nottm Forest), Ward (Notts Co), Barnard (Barnsley), Delaney (Aston Villa), Page (Watford), Coleman, Melville, Symons (all Fulham), J Robinson (Charlton), Savage (Leicester), Speed (Newcastle), Pembridge (Everton), C Robinson (Wolves), Oster (Sunderland), Hartson (Wimbledon), Blake (Blackburn), Saunders (Bradford), Giggs (Man Utd), Johnson (Ipswich)

U-21 squad

Anthony Williams (Blackburn), Walsh (Wrexham), Price, Jenkins (both Swansea), G Roberts (Tranmere), Hughes (Shrewsbury), Gabbidon (West Brom), Green (Wolves), S Thomas (Wrexham), Slatter (Chelsea), Partridge (Dundee Utd), Jones (Leeds), Davies (Peterborough), Andrew Williams (Southampton), Jeanne (QPR), S Roberts (Swansea), Llewellyn (Norwich), Haworth (Wigan), N Roberts (Wrexham). Standby: Kendall, S Evans (both Crystal Palace), J Thomas (Blackburn), Jarman, Earnshaw, C Roberts, Phillips (all Cardiff), Holloway (Exeter), S Roberts (Wrexam), Maxwell (Liverpool), Folland (Oxford), Gibson (Tranmere)



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