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Wales' older stars set for chop

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY: WALES v ESTONIA
Venue: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli Date: Friday, 29 May Kick-off: 1930 BST Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Wales MW, Radio Cymru and the BBC Sport website


John Toshack
There comes a stage where you do not want to just carry on, going through the motions... If we have to rip things up and start again, then we do that

John Toshack

Wales manager John Toshack says he is ready to drop the few experienced players in his already-youthful team.

Injuries mean the 60-year-old is likely to field Wales' youngest squad in Friday's friendly with Estonia.

And Toshack, still hurt by the woeful defeat to Finland in March, says he is likely to stick with the youngsters for the 6 June Azerbaijan World Cup game.

"We probably failed in team selection [against Finland], I should have stuck with the youngsters," said Toshack.

"[They] had done well previously, [I shouldn't have] brought back players carrying injuries.

"It won't happen again. You are an idiot if you do not learn from things like that."

Toshack, who signed a two-year extension to his contract the weekend of the 2-0 Finland defeat, now plans to give more youth a chance in a thinly veiled criticism of some of his senior players.

606: DEBATE

Toshack is likely to give three more teenagers their chance against Estonia in Llanelli, with Swansea's Joe Allen, Leicester midfielder Andy King and Reading striker Simon Church expected to make their debuts.

"I am not sure how I will approach the final games in this group but the youngsters will have the shirts when next season starts," said Toshack.

"We seem to have so much trouble with call ups and injuries and going into matches with four or five players who lack competitive games.

"It can be key players, like Craig Bellamy, Simon Davies, James Collins and Jason Koumas.

"Some of them hadn't played for several weeks. It was certainly like that in the build-up to the last couple of qualifiers against Finland and Germany.

"The fact now is that half a dozen experienced players are not available again.

Wales v Finland
Do we have the right type of experienced players to help the youngsters? No we don't

John Toshack

"Maybe these things happen for a reason, but it is happening too often.

"There comes a stage where you do not want to just carry on, going through the motions.

"If we have to rip things up and start again, then we do that.

"Youngsters do make mistakes, but you give them the benefit of the doubt.

"But when you see experienced players making mistakes you wonder whether you carry on with them or push even more youngsters through.

"You think you won't get where we want to go with these [experienced] lads, but we might do so with the youngsters.

"If you are not getting the benefit of your experienced players [because of injury], you must look elsewhere.

"So maybe we have to start again. Now we have to try to get better.

"Do we have the right type of experienced players to help the youngsters? No we don't.

Collison relishing end of season

"People need field craft, team players in key positions.

"I suppose the youngsters now are going to have to learn for themselves the hard way.

"From now on in, we will be looking for the spirit that I see in these youngsters. Their courage.

"Let's see how the kids do in these next two matches without many of the senior players again.

"I am not writing anyone off, but if they are not fit we can't pick them.

"But I was hurt by what happened in the Finland game, it was a bad result which knocked our confidence.

"Before that we had produced some very good performances in Germany and Russia with youngsters. We had won in Denmark too."



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