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Parry seeks Eastwood partnership

Paul Parry in action against Georgia
Parry offers a valuable striking option for Wales

Wales striker Paul Parry was sad that his 18-month exile from international football ended with defeat to Georgia.

The Cardiff City front man, 28, had ruled himself out for personal reasons as he went through a difficult divorce.

He returned in the 2-1 loss at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, partnering Freddie Eastwood up front.

"We have to get used to each other, I'm coming back and have to learn, maybe I can partner Freddie again in the World Cup qualifiers," Parry told BBC Sport.

"It was nice to be back for Wales but obviously the result and the way we performed in the second half was disappointing.

"We need to put that to the back of our minds and concentrate on the World Cup qualifiers, starting at home to Azerbaijan on 6 September."

Parry joined Cardiff from then non-league side Hereford in 2004 and rapidly progressed to international level.

His return to the fold with his 12th cap offers Wales a valuable striking option with Craig Bellamy's ongoing injury problems, manager John Toshack appreciating the role of a small, speedy front man.

Toshack is also likely to call on the services of a number of his younger stars, released to the Under-21s for their 0-1 loss to Romania in Uefa Championship qualifying in Wrexham on Wednesday.

The U21s now face the Romanians away on 9 September - a day before the senior side play a World Cup qualifier in Russia - and probably need a victory to make the play-offs.

Toshack has said that Wayne Hennessey, Chris Gunter, Gareth Bale, Dave Edwards and Joe Ledley should rejoin the senior squad, while others like strikers Sam Vokes and Ched Evans could also come into contention.

"The manager had his reasons for dropping players to the U21s," Wales captain Simon Davies told BBC Sport Wales.

"I'm sure that they'll be back with us in a couple of weeks and we'll be stronger for that.

"The Georgia defeat was very disappointing, but it was a very timely reminder that every game is difficult.

"As long as we can learn from that it will hopefully help our concentration against Azerbaijan."

see also
Toshack blasts 'schoolboy' errors
20 Aug 08 |  Internationals
Wales 1-2 Georgia
20 Aug 08 |  Internationals
Flynn rallies young Wales charges
20 Aug 08 |  Internationals
Wales U21 0-1 Romania U21
20 Aug 08 |  Internationals
Pick your Wales XI
05 Feb 07 |  Internationals
Wales' international fixtures
22 Aug 07 |  Internationals
Wales' results archive
10 Oct 05 |  Internationals
BBC Sport Wales coverage
23 Mar 08 |  Wales

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